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Mission type Technology
Operator University of Tartu
Mission duration 12 months
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 1.048 kilograms (2.31 lb)
Dry mass 1.048 kilograms (2.31 lb)
Power 3.6W
Start of mission
Launch date 7 May 2013, 02:06:31 (2013-05-07UTC02:06:31Z) UTC
Rocket Vega flight VV02
Launch site Kourou ELA-1
Contractor ESA
End of mission
Deactivated 17 Feb 2015, 10:27:00 (2015-02-17UTC10:27Z) UTC
Last contact 19 May 2015
Decay date 2038*estimated
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 665 km
Apogee 665 km
Inclination 98.129 degrees
Period 98.03 minutes

ESTCube-1 is the first satellite from Estonia. It was made as part of the Estonian Student Satellite Program, and was launched on 7 May 2013 on a Vega rocket. The satellite is a project in which university and high-school students took part. The CubeSat standard for nanosatellites was followed while it was built, resulting in a 10x10x11.35 cm cube, with a volume of 1 liter and a mass of 1.048 kg.

ESTCube-1 was put into orbit by Arianespace, using a Vega rocket which took off from ELA-1 at Kourou at 02:06:31 UTC on 7 May 2013 at a height of 670 kilometres.

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