|Operator||Centre Spatial Universitaire Montpellier-Nîmes|
|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||1,089 kilometres (677 mi)|
|Epoch||31 October 2013, 04:52:30 UTC|
ROBUSTA (Radiation on Bipolar for University Satellite Test Application) is a nano-satellite scientific experiment developed by the University of Montpellier students as part of a Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) call for student projects in the field of orbital systems.
The satellite a Cubesat, the name given to a series of nano-satellites developed as part of student projects. The ROBUSTA mission is to check the deterioration of electronic components, based on bipolar transistors, when exposed to in-flight space radiation. The results of the experiment will be used to validate a new radiation test method proposed by the laboratory.
Implementation of the project
The duration of the ROBUSTA project is 6 years, beginning in 2006. The satellite was launched on February 13, 2012 on the Vega rocket's maiden flight, and reentered in the atmosphere in February 2015. An anomaly within the battery recharge system resulted in the loss of the satellite after a few days.
- The mechanical design was done by the IUT GMP of Nîmes;
- Energy management was conducted by IUT GEII of Nîmes;
- The ground segment and communication cards are supported by the IUP PGII Montpellier.
- The controller card was done by Polytech Montpellier and IUT GEII Montpellier.
- The payload is managed by the EEA department of the University of Montpellier.
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- Peat, Chris (31 October 2013). "ROBUSTA - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- CNES official page for the project http://missions-scientifiques.cnes.fr/ROBUSTA/Fr/
- "The Use of a Dose-Rate Switching Technique to Characterize Bipolar Devices". doi:10.1109/TNS.2009.2033686.
- On the (now defunct) ROBUSTA website : https://web.archive.org/web/20130814173904/http://www.ies.univ-montp2.fr/robusta/satellite/
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