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PicSat is a French 3U-CubeSat mission designed to measure exoplanetary transits. The development of the CubeSat is conducted within the High Angular Resolution Astronomy group at LESIA. The PicSat satellite uses interferometric instrumentation, integrated optics, and single-mode fibre filtering for the study of stellar environments. The primary objective of this project is to observe the transit of the planet Beta Pictoris b as it passes in front of its star. The planet was first discovered by Anne-Marie Lagrange’s team using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) array in Chile.

Alternate Names

  • 43131

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-01-12
Launch Vehicle: PSLV
Launch Site: Sriharikota, India

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (France)


  • Astronomy

Additional Information

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

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