About ESEO - the European Student Earth Orbiter
The European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) is a micro-satellite mission to Low Earth Orbit developed, integrated, and tested by European university students. The student experiments on board ESEO include taking pictures of the Earth, measure radiation levels and test technologies that can be used for future education satellite missions.
ESEO is part of the ESA Academy’s Hands-on programmes, and it is meant to provide university students with an unparalleled hands-on experience of a real space project. By complementing the academic syllabus, the ESEO project contributes – together with the other ESA Academy’s initiatives - to prepare a well-qualified space workforce in Europe.
|Project:||European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO)|
|Status:||With the successful completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) the Project entered the Qualification, Production and Acceptance phase (called Phase D) with Prime Contractor SITAEL (formerly ALMASpace), Italy|
|Size:||33x33x63cm (including antennas: 107cm)|
|Orbit:||Sun-synchronous (SSO), Local Time Ascending Node, or LTAN = 10:30, circular, h = 500 km, i = 97.5°|
|Orbital Period:||94 minutes|
|Mission time:||6 months + optional 12 months|
|Payload:||9 student-built experiments|
|Ground stations:||3 ground stations operated by students|
|Contact:||Piero Galeone at eseo @ esa.int|
Student teams are providing most of the spacecraft’s subsystems, payload and ground support systems using, like space professionals, the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) standards as a reference. This is involving them in all mission phases, from design to assembly and integration up to testing.
Find out more about each payload and its dedicated student team in the ESEO Student teams section.
The overall ESEO spacecraft is being developed, on ESA’s behalf, by the Prime Contractor SITAEL (formerly ALMASpace), Italy, which is implementing the construction of the satellite platform and conducting the overall integration and qualification.
Last update: 23 August 2018