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QB50P1 (EO 79, European-OSCAR 79, FUNcube 3)


QB50P1 is one of two precursor satellites for the QB50 project, which demonstrates the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world as a primary payload on a low-cost launch vehicle to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

QB50P1 is a 2U-CubeSat built on a structure delivered by ISIS to test the Set 1 (INMS) payload.

The following payloads were integrated into the ISIS satellite platforms:

  • INMS Payload from MSSL, UK
  • QB50 ADCS system from SSC, UK
  • Thermocouple experiment from VKI, Belgium
  • AMSAT-NL 435/145 MHz linear transponder (FUNcube-3) from AMSAT-NL, The Netherlands

After reaching orbit, the satellite received the additional radio amateur name EO 79 (European OSCAR 79).

Nation: Belgium
Type / Application: Technology, thermospheric research
Operator: von Karman Institute
Contractors: ISIS
Equipment: INMS, Thermocouple experiment, AMSAT-NL 435/145 MHz linear transponder
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 604 km × 621 km, 97.98
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
QB50P1 (EO 79, European-OSCAR 79, FUNcube 3) 2014-033R 19.06.2014 Do LC-370/13 Dnepr with Deimos 2, KazEOSat 2, Saudisat 4, TabletSat-Aurora, BugSat 1, AprizeSat 9, AprizeSat 10, UniSat 6, BRITE-CA 1, BRITE-CA 2, Hodoyoshi 3, Hodoyoshi 4, Perseus-M 1, Perseus-M 2, Flock-1c 1, ..., 11, POPSAT-HIP 1, QB50P2, PACE, TigriSat, ANTELSAT, Lemur 1, NanoSatC-Br 1, Duchifat 1, PolyITAN 1, DTUSat 2, AeroCube 6A, AeroCube 6B

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