Des CubeSats (mini satellite d’1 kilo) imaginés par des élèves universitaires de Pologne, Espagne, Italie, Suisse, Roumanie, France, Belgique ont été sélectionnés pour un voyage gratuit en orbite terrestre.

Le lancement est planifié pour le premier vol du nouveau lanceur Européen VEGA qui doit faire son premier test à Kourou fin 2008 début 2009.

Un des CubeSats, le projet Belge OUFTI-1 doit utiliser le protocole de communication D-Star.

Les 9 satellites CubeSats :

  • SwissCube (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland): a mission to characterise the air glow phenomenon in the Earth’s atmosphere;
  • Xatcobeo (a collaboration of the University of Vigo and INTA, Spain): a mission to demonstrate software-defined radio and solar panel deployment;
  • UNICubeSAT (University of Rome, Italy): performing in-situ measurements of atmospheric neutral density using the Broglio drag balance instrument;
  • Robusta (University of Montpellier 2, France): a mission to test and evaluate radiation effects (low dose rate) on bipolar transistor electronic components;
  • AtmoCube (University of Trieste, Italy): in-situ monitoring of space environment parameters such as radiation flux, magnetic field and atmospheric density;
  • e-st@r (Politecnico di Torino, Italy): demonstration of an active 3-axis Attitude Determination and Control system including an inertial measurement unit;
  • OUFTI-1 (University of Liège, Belgium): a mission to test the use of the D-STAR amateur radio digital communication protocol in space;
  • Goliat (University of Bucharest, Romania): imaging of the Earth surface using a digital camera and in-situ measurement of radiation dose and micrometeoroid flux;
  • PW-Sat (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland): a mission to test a deployable atmospheric drag augmentation device for de-orbiting CubeSats.

Two backup CubeSats were selected in case any of the primary CubeSats are not able to fulfil the requirements of the launch opportunity. They are:

  • UWE-3 (University of Wuerzburg, Germany): demonstration of an active 3-axis Attitude Determination and Control system using magnetorquers;
  • HiNCube (Narvik University College, Norway): imaging of the Earth surface using a digital camera.

Source : http://www.esa.int/esa

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