Facts and figures

Launch: 2 November 2009 (auxiliary passenger of SMOS)
Launcher: Rockot
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
Orbit: Altitude between 700 km and 800 km, Sun-synchronous, Inclination 98.298 degrees
Attitude control: Sun-pointing with automatic manoeuvring
Nominal life: 2 years
Size: 600 x 700 x 850 mm
Mass: 130 kg
Power consumption: 53–86 watts
RF: S-band, 64 kbit/s uplink; 1 Mbit/s downlink
Mission cost: €18 million (excluding launcher and operations)
Ground station, mission control and processing/archiving: Redu (Belgium)
Data download to: Redu (Belgium) and Svalbard (Norway)
Number of new technologies to be tested: 17
Number of scientific experiments: 4
Developed by: Consortium led by QinetiQ Space (formerly Verhaert) nv of Belgium, a subsidiary of QinetiQ (GB)

Last update: 4 October 2010

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