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UniCubeSat-GG [GAUSS]

UniCubeSat-GG (University CubeSat - Gravity Gradient) is nanosatellite by Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale by the Gruppo di Astrodinamica dell'Universitą degli Studi 'La Sapienza University of Rome' (GAUSS), carrying a gravity gradient boom.

The main payload of UniCubeSat-GG concerns the study of the gravity gradient enhanced by the presence of two symmetrical deployable booms. The end faces of the booms and the boom elements are equipped with solar panels for additional power generation.

The mission was orignially planned to carry a Broglio Drag Balance Instrument for neutral thermosphere density in situ measurements.

The satellite was successfully deployed in orbit, but no signals were received.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Technology, aeronomy
Operator: GAUSS (La Sapienza University of Rome)
Contractors: GAUSS (La Sapienza University of Rome)
Equipment: 2 gravity gradient booms
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 311 km × 1439 km, 69.48°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
UniCubeSat-GG 2012-006J 13.02.2012 Ko ELV Vega with LARES, ALMASat 1, e-st@r, Goliat, MaSat 1, PW-Sat 1, ROBUSTA, XaTcobeo, LARES-A&H/SS

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