CubeSat teams

Seven teams of university students were selected to fly their CubeSats on the maiden flight of ESA's Vega launch vehicle.

e-st@r

Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Demonstration of an active 3-axis attitude determination and control system including an inertial measurement unit.
With UniCubeSat-GG, first CubeSat ever launched by Italy.

Goliat

University of Bucharest, Romania
Imaging of the Earth surface using a digital camera and in situ measurement of radiation dose and micrometeoroid flux.
First satellite ever launched by Romania.

Masat-1

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Demonstration of various spacecraft avionics, including a power conditioning system, transceiver and onboard data handling.
First satellite ever launched by Hungary.

PW-Sat

Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Testing of a deployable atmospheric drag augmentation device for de-orbiting CubeSats.
First satellite ever launched by Poland.

Robusta

University of Montpellier 2, France
Testing and evaluation of radiation effects (low dose rate) on bipolar transistor electronic components.
First CubeSat ever launched by France.

UniCubeSat-GG

University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Study of the effects of orbital eccentricity on attitude motion enhanced by gravity gradient using a deployable boom equipped with solar cells.
With e-st@r, first CubeSat ever launched by Italy.

XaTcobeo

University of Vigo and INTA, Spain
Demonstration of software-defined radio and solar panel deployment.
First Spanish CubeSat.

The ESA Cubs, the first CubeSats to be sent into space by a European launcher, will be ejected from their different deployment systems mounted on the support structure of the main payload, LARES, into an orbit of 300 x 1450 km at an inclination of 69.5 degrees. They will have a natural orbital lifetime of up to 4 years, depending on their rate of orbital decay due to atmospheric drag.

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