ESTCube-1
Name ESTCube-1
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Mass in kg 1.05 kg
Status Was operational until 2015-05-19. Solar panel degradation lead to negative power production state and batteries were completely depleted. No more signals heard after that. Probably the command to silence the satellite went through.
Launched 2013-05-07
NORAD ID 39161
Deployer ISIPOD [ISISpace]
Launcher Vega
Organisation University of Tartu
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Estonia
Launch brokerer ISILaunch
Oneliner

Educational training, testing deployment of 10 m tether for deorbiting and camera.

Description

Test the deployment of a 10 m tether, which is an integral part of the electric solar wind sail development. Take picture of the Earth and, if possible Estonia. The project will also be used to build Estonian infrastructure for future space projects and to educate space engineers.

Failure cause Solar panel degradation lead to negative power production state and batteries were completely depleted. Command to turn off PA was sent and no more signals heard after that.
Sources [1] [2]
Keywords Tether, Fast Spin-up
Space photos ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1ESTCube-1

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Last modified: 2022-12-29
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