Spacecraft name Deorbitsail
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Semi-operational? Was operational until 2019-05-24 checked on 2019-05-24. Sail not deployed due to high spin rates. (Last SatNOGS report 2019-05-19, but no data. Last JA0CAW report 2016-01-14 had correct telemetry. Later reports have no or corrupt telemetry)
Launched 2015-07-10
NORAD ID 40719
Deployer ISIPOD [ISISpace]
Launcher PSLV
Organization EU FP7 consortium
Institution Space agency
Entity type Government (Civil / Military)
Nation UK
Manufacturer AIVT by SSTL
Operator SSTL
Launch brokerer ISILaunch
Partners Caltech, EADS Astrium, Stellenbosch University, University of Patras, Athena-SPU, ISISpace, DLR (German Aerospace Centre), Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL)
Costs $3,200,000 for the whole project and consortium including platform and launch

Deploy a 5-metre solar sail to demonstrate deorbiting.


Launch and deploy a 5-by-5-metre, four-quadrant solar sail to demonstrate deorbiting.

Failure cause Very high spin rates prohibited the deployment of the solar sail.
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Keywords Propulsion, De-orbit device, Solar sail

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