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]

Mission typeTechnology
COSPAR ID2008-021K Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.32792Edit this on Wikidata
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass7 kilograms (15 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date28 April 2008, 03:53:51 (2008-04-28UTC03:53:51Z) UTC
RocketPSLV C9
Launch siteSatish Dhawan SLP
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Indian rocket blasts into space carrying 10 satellites". AFP. 2008-03-28. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  2. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Rubin 8-AIS". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2008-10-19.