nCube was a series of two Norwegian satellites, built by students at several Norwegian universities and university colleges. Due to problems during launch (nCube-1) and deployment into orbit (nCube-2), neither of the satellites became operational.
Both satellites were built to the CubeSat pico-satellite standard, which defined their mass and size (10 cm cube). This standard allows one or more cube satellites to be launched by 'piggybacking' with a larger satellite. In this way the smaller satellites get a cheap ride into orbit.
The goal of the nCube satellites was to stimulate interest in science and increase competence in space technology among students and educational institutions. Moreover, enhance co-operation between educational institutions and industry and exchange of knowledge between educational institutions in north and south of Norway.
As of 2013 NTNU is developing a 2U CubeSat called NUTS-1.
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