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|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 Test for University Satellite Application) is a nano-satellite scientific experiment developed by the University of Montpellier students as part of a National Center for Space Studies (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 test method proposed in 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
Quoting the official ROBUSTA website: "Faint signals were heard after launch on the 13th of february. A few days after launch no more signals were received: after investigation an anomaly was detected on the system of battery recharge. This anomaly will be corrected on the future satellite models."
Teams from several sites, coordinated by the Centre Spatial Universitaire Montpellier-Nîmes worked together. These teams are spread over several sites:
- 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.
- Wallonie Espace (French)
- Cubesat information
- Site officiel de ROBUSTA (English)
- Site de l'Université de Montpellier II (French)
- Site du CNES
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