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Mission typeTechnology
OperatorCentre Spatial Universitaire Montpellier-Nîmes
COSPAR ID2017-036AD Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.42792Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration2 years
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type1U CubeSat
Launch mass1 kilogram (2.2 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date23 June 2017[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth

ROBUSTA-1B (Radiation on Bipolar Test for University Satellite Application) is a nano-satellite (Cubesat) scientific experiment developed by the University of Montpellier students, a successor to the ROBUSTA satellite, which was launched in February 2012 and lost soon after.[2]

ROBUSTA-1B carries an updated version of the ROBUSTA payload, an experiment 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.[3]

ROBUSTA Comparison[edit]

Started as a simple reflight of ROBUSTA,[4] the project quickly became a complete upgrade of most of the satellite's systems, using the feedback provided by the previous project.[5]


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  3. ^ Boch, Jérôme; Gonzalez Velo, Yago; Saigne, Frédéric; Roche, Nicolas J.-H.; Schrimpf, Ronald D.; Vaille, Jean-Roch; Dusseau, Laurent; Chatry, Christian; Lorfevre, Eric; Ecoffet, Robert; Touboul, Antoine D. (2009). "The Use of a Dose-Rate Switching Technique to Characterize Bipolar Devices". IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. 56 (6): 3347–3353. Bibcode:2009ITNS...56.3347B. doi:10.1109/TNS.2009.2033686. S2CID 20001729.
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