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Mission typeTechnology
OperatorUniversity of Bologna
COSPAR ID2012-006B
SATCAT no.38078
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass12.5 kilograms (28 lb)
Dimensions30 centimetres (12 in) cube
Start of mission
Launch date13 February 2012, 10:00:00 (2012-02-13UTC10Z) UTC
Launch siteKourou ELA-1
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude311 kilometres (193 mi)
Apogee altitude1,250 kilometres (780 mi)
Inclination69.5 degrees
Period100.32 minutes
Epoch19 December 2013, 04:49:04 UTC[1]

ALMASat-1 (ALma MAter SATellite) is a micro satellite developed by University of Bologna for demonstrative purposes which will be helpful for earth observation missions. The project is funded by Italian Ministry of Research.[2]

About the satellite[edit]

The satellite has been made from high quality aluminium and reinforced with eight stainless steel plates. Solar cells are mounted on four sides of satellite for providing the power required for satellite operation.


The work on development of ALMASat was started in 2003. It was expected to be launched into orbit Dnepr rocket. Later it was launched by Vega launch vehicle with other satellites on board.

The ALMASat-1 is a microsatellite having a cuboidal structure, meant for a demo purpose, it accommodates payloads of different sizes and power requirements. The main purpose of ALMASat-1 is to test the 3-axis pointing accuracy for the future satellite launches.[3]


ALMASAT-1 was launched by Vega launch system on February 13, 2012, from Kourou, French Guiana.


  1. ^ "ALMASAT-1 Satellite details 2012-006B NORAD 38078". N2YO. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  2. ^ NASA data centre
  3. ^ ALMASAT statistics

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