|Operator||Politecnico di Torino|
|Spacecraft type||1U CubeSat|
|Launch mass||1 kilogram (2.2 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||13 February 2012, 10:00:00UTC|
|Launch site||Kourou ELV|
|Perigee||302 kilometres (188 mi)|
|Apogee||1,082 kilometres (672 mi)|
|Epoch||31 October 2013, 04:15:50 UTC|
Launch and Deployment
e-st@r was launched into Low Earth Orbit on the maiden flight of Arianespace's Vega rocket on the 13th Feb 2012. The launch was a multi-payload mission shared with LARES, ALMASat-1, Goliat, MaSat-1, PW-Sat, ROBUSTA, UniCubeSat-GG and Xatcobeo.
The satellite was successfully deployed into orbit, and the signal received by the team’s ground station and by amateur radio operators. However, operations have been impeded by unexpected tumbling, and the satellite was put into safe mode.
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "E-STAR Satellite details 2012-006C NORAD 38079". N2YO. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- Sabrina Corpino, Nicole Viola, Fabrizio Stesina, and Sergio Chiesa, "Design and development of the e-st@r CubeSat", Paper IAC-09.B4.6B.3, 2009 International Astronautical Congress (accessed 16 August 2013)
- E-ST@R successfully launched (accessed 16 August 2013)
- eoPortal Directory, E-ST@R (Educational SaTellite @ politecnico di toRino) (accessed 16 August 2013)
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