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Aalto 2 (QB50 FI01)

Aalto 2 [Aalto University]

Aalto 2 is a 2U-CubeSat mission built by the Aalto University of Aalto, Finland.

Aalto 2 features a multineedle Langmuir probe (mNLP) for the QB50 project sampling the electron density of the space around it. Aalto 2 is built to the 2U-CubeSat standard.

The satellite was launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where they were deployed. Aalto 2 operated for four days, when problems with the communication systems appeared, leading to the loss of signal soon after.

Nation: Finland
Type / Application: Technology, thermospheric research
Operator: Aalto University
Contractors: Aalto University
Equipment: mNLP
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 2 years
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 399 km × 406 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Aalto 2 (QB50 FI01) 1998-067MJ 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, SHARC, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33


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