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Mission type Technology
Operator University of Vigo
COSPAR ID 2012-006F
SATCAT no. 38082
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type 1U CubeSat
Manufacturer University of Vigo
Pumpkin Inc.
Launch mass 1 kilogram (2.2 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 13 February 2012, 10:00:00 (2012-02-13UTC10Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Vega
Launch site Kourou ELA-1
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 299 kilometres (186 mi)
Apogee 992 kilometres (616 mi)
Inclination 69.47 degrees
Period 97.49 minutes
Epoch 1 November 2013, 01:51:19 UTC[3]

Xatcobeo, originally known as Dieste, is a project to build the first Galician artificial satellite[4] developed by a team from various departments of the University of Vigo and leadered by Fernando Aguado[5] in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) and with the support of the Galician government-owned corporation Retegal. The project was presented to the European Space Agency for its launch in the inaugural flight of the Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Centre, in Kourou (French Guiana). Its life will be between 6 and 12 months, and its cost will be around 1.2 million euros, being 50% funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Investigación of Spain, 25% by Retegal and in the last 25% jointly by the University of Vigo and INTA.[6]

It is a Cubesat-type satellite and its objective will be to do research related with communications and with solar power in satellites.[4]

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  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "XaTcobeo". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "XATCOBEO Satellite details 2012-006F NORAD 38082". N2YO. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "La Agencia Espacial Europea pondrá en órbita el primer satélite gallego". El Progreso. June 5, 2008. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "A Axencia Espacial Europea aproba o proxecto elaborado pola Universidade e INTA para desenvolver un satélite de uso científico". Diario da Universidade de Vigo. June 5, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ "O satélite galego chamarase 'Xatcobeo'". A NOSA TERRA DIARIO. June 19, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ Xatcobeo section in LIA Archived September 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., march 11, 2010
  8. ^ INTA in press Archived October 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., november 22, 2009
  9. ^ La Región Archived January 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., november 22, 2009