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AAUSAT 3 was a cubesat designed and built by students at Aalborg University in Denmark.The purpose of the spacecraft was to provide experience for advanced-level students in the design and construction of space technology.

The spacecraft was designed to operate on a non-centralized basis so it would be able to continue functioning even when certain subsystems failed. It carried two automated identification system (AIS) receivers -one based on SDR principle. The images recorded by the satellite were later transmitted to the ground station located at Aalborg University, from which they were made accessible for the general public.

The spacecraft 10 x 10 x 11.3 cm on a side and had a mass of 800 g. Power was provided by solar-cell panels located on the satellite surface and two Li-ion 8.2V 2200 mAh batteries connected in series. Its expected lifetime was designed to be a minimum of one month.

Alternate Names

  • 39087

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-02-25
Launch Vehicle: PSLV-CA
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India
Mass: 0.8 kg

Funding Agency

  • Aalborg University (Denmark)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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