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Genesat-1 1.jpg
The GeneSat-1 satellite.
Mission type Bioscience
Operator NASA
COSPAR ID 2006-058C
SATCAT no. 29655
Mission duration 21 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type CubeSat (3U)
Manufacturer Ames Research Center
Stanford University
Launch mass 6.8 kilograms (15 lb)
Power 4.5 W
Start of mission
Launch date 16 December 2006, 06:43:00 (2006-12-16UTC06:43Z) UTC
Rocket Minotaur I
Launch site Wallops LA-0B
End of mission
Decay date 04 August 2010 (04 August 2010)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime LEO
Eccentricity 0.00052
Perigee 413 kilometres (257 mi)
Apogee 420 kilometres (260 mi)
Inclination 40º
Period 92.9 minutes

GeneSat-1 is a fully automated, CubeSat spaceflight system that provides life support for bacteria. The system was launched into orbit on December 16, 2006, from Wallops Flight Facility.[1] GeneSat-1 began to transmit data on its first pass over the mission's California ground station.

The nanosatellite [2] contains onboard micro-laboratory systems such as sensors and optical systems that can detect proteins that are the products of specific genetic activity. Knowledge gained from GeneSat-1 is intended to aid scientific understanding of how spaceflight affects the human body.

Weighing 5 kilograms, the miniature laboratory was a secondary payload on an Air Force four-stage Minotaur 1 rocket that delivered the Air Force TacSat 2 satellite to orbit. In the development of the GeneSat satellite class (at a fraction of what it normally costs to conduct a mission in space), Ames Research Center (Small Spacecraft Office) collaborated with organisations in industry and also universities local to the center. It is NASA's first fully automated, self-contained biological spaceflight experiment on a satellite of its size.


  1. ^ "Mission Overview: GeneSat-1". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  2. ^ David, Leonard (30 August 2005). "GeneSat-1: Small Satellite Tackles Big Biology Questions". Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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