|Launch date||23 September 2009
|Carrier rocket||PSLV-CA C14|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|Mission duration||3-12 months (planned)
24+ months (achieved)
|Homepage||EPFL - SwissCube|
|Mass||1 kilogram (2.2 lb)|
|Apoapsis||752 kilometres (467 mi)|
|Periapsis||726 kilometres (451 mi)|
|Orbital period||98.5 minutes|
SwissCube-1 is a Swiss satellite operated by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The spacecraft is a single unit CubeSat, which was designed to conduct research into nightglow within the Earth's atmosphere, and to develop technology for future spacecraft. It has also been used for amateur radio. It was the first Swiss satellite to be launched.
SwissCube-1 was launched by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, serial number C14, flying in the Core Alone, or PSLV-CA, configuration. The launch took place from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at 06:21 UTC on 23 September 2009. SwissCube-1 was a secondary payload aboard the rocket, which deployed the Oceansat-2 satellite. Five other secondary payloads were flown aboard the rocket; BeeSat, UWE-2, ITU-pSat1, Rubin 9.1 and Rubin 9.2.
It took the first picture on 18 February 2011 and the first airglow picture on 3 March 2011.EPFL 24 march news
SwissCube-1 is operating in a sun synchronous orbit with an apogee of 752 kilometres (467 mi), a perigee of 726 kilometres (451 mi) and 98.28 degrees of inclination to the equator. It has an orbital period of 98.5 minutes. As of October 2011[update], it is still operational. Its mission was expected to last between three and twelve months.
See also 
- "Project Objectives". SwissCube. EPFL. May 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Switzerland Launches First Satellite". EATOPS. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- Wade, Mark. "PSLV CA". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- Krebs, Gunter. "SwissCube". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- Krebs, Gunter. "Rubin 9". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "SwissCube". AMSAT. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Centres de contrôles déportés, un exemple de travail collaboratif pour la mission SwissCube". EATOPS. 14 February 2010.
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