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Object H



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 an Italian cubesat will demonstrate an active three-axis attitude determination and control system including an inertial measurement unit. UniCubeSat GG an Italian cubesat will deploy two booms to demonstrate gravity-gradient stabilization on a small satellite. MaSat-1 a Hungarian cubesat will demonstrate a power conditioning system, a transceiver and an onboard data handling system. PW-Sat 1 a Poland cubesat will test a deployable atmospheric drag augmentation device to de-orbit satellites and reduce the issue of orbital debris. Robusta a French cubesat will study the effect of radiation on electronic components based on bipolar transistors for comparison with its own degradation models. Xatcobeo a Spanish cubesat will test a software-defined reconfigurable radio and an ionizing radiation measurement system.

The CubeSats will be deployed into a high inclination, low Earth orbit and is expected to have a natural orbital lifetime of up to four years.

Alternate Names

  • 38084
  • ObjectH

Facts in Brief

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


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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