W-Cube Satellite

Spacecraft W-Cube (wCUBE)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Operational (Official news as of 2021-09-01)
Launched 2021-06-30
NORAD ID 48965
Deployer QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace]
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-2) (D-Orbit ION)
Deployment Deployed from D-Orbit ION on 2021-07-22
Organization ESA (European Space Agency)
Institution Space agency
Entity type Government (Civil / Military)
Nation Finland
Manufacturer AIVT by Kuva Space
Launch brokerer ISILaunch
Partners VTT

Demonstrate the use of the 75-GHz frequency W-band for future telecommunications satellites.


Demonstrate the use of the 75-GHz frequency band for future telecommunications satellites. Feature an integrated dual-frequency beacon transmitter developed by VTT. The signal it broadcasts will be observed at the prime contractor JOANNEUM RESEARCH's measurement station in Graz, Austria.

  • The overall objective of this activity is to improve the knowledge and modeling of the atmospheric RF propagation channel at W-band, through:
  • The provision of a service that allows the continuous transmission of a stable, unmodulated W-band and Q-band carrier signal from a CubeSat-like nano-satellite that allows reception on the ground by a propagation terminal
  • Providing the signal to other research institutions and scientists worldwide to gather data from as many climate regions as possible for analysis
  • Performing atmospheric channel propagation measurements of the signal from this beacon.
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COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Reaktor Space
Keywords W-band
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