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UNISAT-6 Mission Patch
Mission typeTechnology demonstration
OperatorGAUSS Srl
COSPAR ID2014-033C
SATCAT no.40012
WebsiteGAUSS Srl page on UniSat-6 mission
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass26 kg (57 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date19 June 2014; 6 years ago (2014-06-19)
Launch siteDombarovsky site 13
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeSun Synchronous
Perigee altitude610 km
Apogee altitude694 km
Inclination97.93 °

UniSat-6 is an Italian micro-satellite developed by GAUSS Srl and launched in 2014. The satellite is built in a 0.4x0.4x0.4m box-shaped bus, optimized for piggy-back launch. All instruments are powered by solar cells mounted on the spacecraft body, with maximal electrical power of 11W. The satellite has no on-orbit propulsion; it makes use of an attitude stabilization system based on permanent magnets.[1]


UniSat-6 was launched from Dombarovsky (air base) site 13, Russia, on 19 June 2014 by a Dnepr rocket.


UniSat-6 during satellite integration with the DNEPR launcher.
UniSat-6 during satellite integration with the Dnepr launcher.

The satellite is intended primarily for technology verification in space, the main test piece being 3 deployment systems loaded with 4 CubeSat satellites, namely AeroCube 6, Lemur 1, ANTELSAT and Tigrisat,[2] with a total volume 9U. All sub-satellites were deployed 25 hours after achieving orbit, without incidents.[3]

The satellite is also equipped with an on-board camera to take pictures of the release of the cubesats and for Earth Observation.

See also


  1. ^ http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/unisat-6.htm
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.gaussteam.com/unisat-6-cubesat-release-accomplished/

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