Delfi-n3Xt

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Delfi-n3Xt
Mission typeEducation and Technology Demonstration
OperatorDelft University of Technology
COSPAR ID2013-066N
SATCAT no.39428
Websitewww.delfispace.nl
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type3U CubeSat
ManufacturerPumpkin, Inc
Launch mass3.5 kilograms (7.7 lb)
Dimensions10 x 10 x 34 cm
Start of mission
Launch date21 November 2013, 07:10:16 (2013-11-21UTC07:10:16Z) UTC[1]
RocketDnepr
Launch siteDombarovsky 370/13
ContractorKosmotras
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude599 kilometres (372 mi)
Apogee altitude780 kilometres (480 mi)
Inclination97.76 degrees
Period98.41 minutes
Epoch24 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 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