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A 1U CubeSat developed for demonstrating the autonomous active attitude control capabilities based on magnetic actuation: in fact, the payload is an Active Attitude Determination and Control System. The commissioning phase foresees that the payload is deactivated leaving the satellite in its free tumbling motion, without any attitude stabilization. The A-ADCS starts its work when commanded from GCS, controlling the angular velocities and the attitude of the satellite.

This program is being carried out at Politecnico di Torino by the AeroSpace System Engineering Team (ASSET). Aim of the project is the development and launch into orbit of the e-st@r satellite, which is a CubeSat class spacecraft. The project is entirely carried out by students, both graduate and undergraduate, under the supervision of researchers and professors.

Alternate Names

  • 41459

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-04-25
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
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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