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AAUSAT 3, 4, 5


The main purpose for the AAUSAT (Aalborg University Satellite) project is for the involved students to achieve a great deal of knowledge about designing and constructing Space worthy technology.

AAUSAT 3 was built completly inhouse in the university using no Cubsat-kit. It tested an AIS-receiver in orbit.

AAUSAT 4 tested a student built AIS (Automated Identification System) receiver. AAUSAT 4 is one of the educational CubeSats chosen for Phase 1 and 2 of ESA's ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ initiative.

AAUSAT 5 has a primary mission to receive AIS beacons from ships with a new design based on AAUSAT 3. Additionally a educational payload for high school outreach was designed first half 2014 by engineering students. The AIS receiver payload is based on SDR principles. It was deployed from the ISS on on 5 October 2015 and is expected to remain in orbit for approx 6 months.

Nation: Denmark
Type / Application: Technology, traffic monitoring
Operator: Aalborg University Cubesat
Contractors: Aalborg University Cubesat
Equipment: AIS receiver
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 770 km × 786 km, 98.63° (#3); 442 km × 686 km, 98.2° (#4); 394 km × 409 km, 51.64° (#5)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AAUSAT 3 2013-009B 25.02.2013 Sr FLP PSLV-CA with SARAL, Sapphire, NEOSSAT, UniBRITE, TUGsat 1 (BRITE-Austria), STRaND 1
AAUSAT 4 2016-025DS 25.04.2016 Ko ELS Soyuz-ST-A Fregat-M with Sentinel 1B, MICROSCOPE, e-st@r 2, OUFTI 1
AAUSAT 5 1998-067GZ 19.08.2015 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 5, CALET, Flock-2b 1, ..., 14, SERPENS, S-CUBE, GOMX 3


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