Name SwissCube
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Operational, but some problems since 2017 (Last SatNOGS report 2019-05-23 checked on 2019-05-24 and press release 2019-09-25)
Launched 2009-09-23
NORAD ID 35932
Deployer PSL / PSL-P (Picosatellite Launcher) [Astrofein]
Launcher PSLV
Organisation Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Switzerland
Launch brokerer ISILaunch

Educational space systems engineering and camera to image nightglow phenomena.


The main objective is educational and to show the students how to build a complex engineering system from A to Z like a satellite. Carries a small telescope which will allow to obtain images of the nightglow, a luminescence phenomena occurring at 100 km of height above the Earth surface. Since the nightglow takes place in a very limited region in the high layer of the atmosphere and at well-know locations, it might be possible from the measurements to retrieve the direction towards the centre of the Earth and therefore enabling the design of a new generation of Earth sensor.

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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