UNISAT-6 Mission Patch
|Mission type||Technology demonstration|
|Website||GAUSS Srl page on UniSat-6 mission|
|Launch mass||26 kg (57 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||19 June 2014|
|Launch site||Dombarovsky site 13|
|Perigee altitude||610 km|
|Apogee altitude||694 km|
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.
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, with a total volume 9U. All sub-satellites were deployed 25 hours after achieving orbit, without incidents.
The satellite is also equipped with an on-board camera to take pictures of the release of the cubesats and for Earth Observation.