Delfi-n3Xt

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Delfi-n3Xt
Mission type Education and Technology Demonstration
Operator Delft University of Technology
COSPAR ID 2013-066N
SATCAT № 39428
Website www.delfispace.nl
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type 3U CubeSat
Manufacturer Pumpkin, Inc
Launch mass 3.5 kilograms (7.7 lb)
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 34 cm
Start of mission
Launch date 21 November 2013, 07:10:16 (2013-11-21UTC07:10:16Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Dnepr
Launch site Dombarovsky 370/13
Contractor Kosmotras
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 599 kilometres (372 mi)
Apogee 780 kilometres (480 mi)
Inclination 97.76 degrees
Period 98.41 minutes
Epoch 24 May 2014, 14:04:39 UTC[2]

Delfi-n3Xt is a Dutch nanosatellite which is operated by Delft University of Technology.[3] It was launched on 21 November 2013.[4] It is a three-unit CubeSat which will be used to demonstrate propulsion and communications systems for future missions.[5]

Delfi-n3Xt was launched successfully by a Dnepr-1 carrier rocket flying from Site 370/13 at the Dombarovsky launch site. Delfi was a secondary payload aboard the rocket, whose primary mission was to deploy DubaiSat 2 and STSAT-3. Delfi was one of 25 secondary payloads aboard the rocket, for a total of 32 satellites; the most deployed by a single rocket[6]

The Delfi team made contact with the satellite during its first pass.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, William (21 November 2013). "Russian Dnepr conducts record breaking 32 satellite haul". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "DELFI-N3XT Satellite details 2013-066N NORAD 39428". N2YO. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Delfi-n3Xt. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  4. ^ Delfi Space
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Delfi-n3Xt". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Russian dnepr record breaking 32 satellite haul [1]. Retrieved January 1st, 2013