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Several cubesats were launched on 13 February 2012 from Kourou at 10:00 UT by the new European launch vehicle Vega. The cubesats each have a mass of 1 kg and were developed by University students from five different countries. E-st@r is an Italian cubesat will demonstrate an active three-axis attitude determination and control system including an inertial measurement unit.

The satellites will be deployed into a high inclination, low-earth orbit and are expected to have a natural orbital lifetime of up to four years.

Alternate Names

  • 38079
  • est@r
  • e-star

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-02-13
Launch Vehicle: Vega
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 1 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Italy)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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