UPM-Sat

Summary

UPM-Sat 1
COSPAR ID1995-033C
SATCAT no.1995-033C
Mission duration213 days
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerTechnical University of Madrid
Launch mass47 kilograms (104 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateJuly 7, 1995 (1995-07-07)
RocketAriane IV-40
Launch siteGuiana Space Centre
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeSun-synchronous polar orbit
Perigee altitude670 kilometres (420 mi)
Apogee altitude670 kilometres (420 mi)
Inclination98.1 degrees
Period98 minutes
 
UPM-Sat 2
COSPAR ID1995-033C
SATCAT no.2020-061E
Mission duration2 years (expected)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerTechnical University of Madrid
Launch mass45 kilograms (99 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
RocketVega
Launch siteGuiana Space Centre
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeSun-synchronous polar orbit
Perigee altitude600 kilometres (370 mi)
Apogee altitude600 kilometres (370 mi)
 

UPM-Sat is a series of Spanish microsatellites developed by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA), for educational, scientific and technological purposes.[1]

UPM-Sat 1

The UPM-Sat 1, also called UPM/LB-Sat, was launched on July 7, 1995 from French Guiana on the flight V75 of the Ariane IV-40 launcher.[2] It weighed 47 kg. It had an operational life in orbit of 213 days, with a Sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of 670 kilometers, completing one revolution around the Earth every 98 minutes.[3][4]

UPM-Sat 2

The UPM-Sat 2 project aimed to develop a satellite with a mass less than 50 kg and overall dimensions less than 0.5 m x 0.5 m x 0.6 m. The UPM-Sat 2 satellite, also called M.A.T.I.A.S., was originally scheduled to launch in 1999. It was finally launched on September 3, 2020 on the flight VV16 of the Vega rocket.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Programa de satélites UPM-Sat". Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad “Ignacio Da Riva” (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "UPM-Sat 1". Gunter's Space Page.
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "LBSAT". Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  4. ^ José Meseguer Ruiz y Angel Sanz Andrés (1998). "Informes a la Academia de Ingeniería. El satélite UPM-Sat 1" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ "UPM-Sat 2". Gunter's Space Page.

External links

  • UPM-Sat 1, official website of the Technical University of Madrid.
  • UPM-Sat 2, official website of the Technical University of Madrid.