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SSETI-Express (XO 53, eXpress-OSCAR 53)


The SSETI Express (Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative - Express) mission is an educational mission that shall deploy CUBESAT pico-satellites developed by universities, take pictures of Earth, act as a test-bed and technology demonstration for hardware of the complementary project: the European Student Earth Orbiter, and function as an radio transponder for the rest of its mission duration.

To accomplish SSETI Express's mission statement, the following objectives have been developed:

  • To demonstrate the successful implementation of this pan-European Educational initiative and therefore encourage, motivate and challenge students to improve their education and literacy in the field of space research and exploration,
  • To carry as passengers, and subsequently deploy, up to three educational CUBESAT pico-satellites,

Three cubesats were deployed by SSETI Express. They will be deployed from a T-Pod developed by UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory, Toronto

  • XI-V from Japan, University of Tokyo
  • UWE 1 from Germany, University of Würzburg
  • Ncube 2 from Norway, Andøya Rocket Range

SSETI Express was launched in October 2005 onboard a Kosmos-3M launch vehicle from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

Nation: Europe
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: SSETI
Contractors: SSETI
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 682 km × 708 km, 98.18°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SSETI-Express (XO 53, eXpress-OSCAR 53) 2005-043E 27.10.2005 Pl LC-132/1 Kosmos-3M with TopSat 1, China-DMC+4, Mozhayets 5, Sina 1, UWE 1, XI 5, Ncube 2, Rubin 5-ASOLANT


  • SSETI Website
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