Satellite NOOR-1
Type PocketQube
Units or mass PocketQube 3p
Entity name Stara Space
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation (HQ) US
Nation (AIT) UK
Manufacturer AIVT by Alba Orbital
Operator Alba Orbital
Launch brokerer Alba Orbital

Proof of concept for an eventual constellation


Proof of concept for an eventual constellation to service other space users with high speed real-time data connection, storage, and computation. These satellites named NOOR 1-A and 1-B will demonstrate a LEO-LEO intersatellite link, encrypted communication, ADCS, and integration with ground station software that allows 3rd party satellites to request data transfer, crucial technologies required to create a real-time global communications constellation.


Successfully deployed its quadruple deployable solar panel and the customer operator confirmed reception of spacecraft signal.

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Related Spacecraft

Spacecraft Status Launcher Launch date Orbit
NOOR 1-A (NOOR1-A, Unicorn-2B) Reentry 2020-12-28. No signal? (Alba has not announced receiving signals and this is still in higher altitude orbit compared to NOOR 1B reentry indicating solar panels were likely not deployed as of 2020-04-18) Electron, (Alba Cluster 2) 2019-12-06 375 km, 97 deg
NOOR 1-B (NOOR1-B, Unicorn-2C) Reentry 2020-04-07. Was semi-operational until? (Panels were deployed, but wording "customer confirmed reception of signal" and focus on TLEs instead of satellite performance does not exude confidence about a fully operational satellite. Previously Alba had not announced receiving signals and no responses to questions, but objects are known in Space-Track as of 2020-04-18) Electron, (Alba Cluster 2) 2019-12-06 375 km, 97 deg

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