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ESTCube 1

ESTCube 1 [University of Tartu]

ESTCube 1 is a Estonian Student Satellite of the 1U-CubeSat form factor. The Estonian Student Satellite project started in the summer of 2008 at Tartu University with the objectives for promoting space, being an invaluable educational tool for science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects and giving students hands-on experience on developing space technologies. In addition, a further goal is to foster the development of Estonian space and high-tech industry by training experts and disseminating knowledge about space technologies. In addition the satellite project is expected to have a significant role in educating and inspiring the general public and improve their awareness of space research.

The objectives of the nanosatellite are:

  • To test the deployment of a 10 meter Hoytether as a part of the development work of the Electric solar wind sail.
  • measure the electric sail force, interacting with the tether.
  • To take a picture of the deployed tether.
  • To take a picture of the Earth as a secondary mission objective.

ESTCube 1 was launched piggy back into low Earth by a Vega rocket.

Nation: Estonia
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation
Operator: University of Tartu
Contractors: University of Tartu
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 658 km × 671 km, 98.13°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ESTCube 1 2013-021C 07.05.2013 Ko ELV Vega with PROBA V, VNREDSat 1a

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