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Mission type Technology
Operator OHB-System
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 7 kilograms (15 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 28 April 2008, 03:53:51 (2008-04-28UTC03:53:51Z) UTC
Rocket PSLV C9
Launch site Satish Dhawan SLP
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth

RUBIN-8, also known as RUBIN-AIS (Automatic Identification System), is a German space experiment package, built by OHB-System, which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, aboard a PSLV rocket, on 28 April 2008.[1] Following launch, it remained bolted to the upper stage of the rocket in low Earth orbit, where it is used to conduct experiments regarding the relay of AIS data via the Orbcomm and Iridium communication satellite networks.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian rocket blasts into space carrying 10 satellites". AFP. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Rubin 8-AIS". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2008-10-19.