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A cube with green and grey panelled sides, black and grey edges
Mission type Technology
Operator Auburn University
COSPAR ID 2011-061E
SATCAT no. 37854
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Auburn University
Start of mission
Launch date October 28, 2011, 09:48:02 (2011-10-28UTC09:48:02Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Delta II 7920-10C
Launch site Vandenberg SLC-2W
Contractor United Launch Alliance
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 452 kilometers (281 mi)
Apogee 750 kilometers (470 mi)
Inclination 101.71 degrees
Period 96.58 minutes
Epoch July 6, 2014, 01:17:55 UTC[2]

AubieSat-1 (OSCAR-71) is a CubeSat designed, built, and tested by undergraduate students at Auburn University. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base October 28, 2011 atop a Delta II rocket. This was a multi-payload mission with five other CubeSats, M-Cubed, DICE-1, DICE-2, Explorer-1 and RAX-2.


The purpose of AubieSat-1 was to accomplish several things:

  • Establish Auburn University as a university capable of developing satellites.
  • Provide workforce applicable experience for students.
  • Study and compare the effects of solar cell coatings.
  • Demonstrate a system bus that could be used at the baseline design for additional satellites later developed by the program.


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "AUBIESAT-1 Satellite details 2011-061E NORAD 37854". N2YO. July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 

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