Our 1U Projects

ROBUSTA-1e ENSO

Launch: December 1st, 2023

Picto satelliteCubeSat 1U

• Start in 2017
• Ready to launch in 2027

Estimated number of students involved: 20

Mission duration: 4 years

picto partenariatMission in partnership

with EXPLEO Group:

Conduct studies on the Earth’s ionosphere using HF (High Frequency)

picto financementFunding

EXPLEO Group and Région Occitanie with the GRAINE’s program (GRAINE (VF): Groupement pour la Recherche Appliquée INnovante avec les Entreprises 2019)


ROBUSTA-1F MTCUBE 2

Launch: July 13th, 2022

MTCube 2 nanosatellite

Picto satelliteCubeSat 1U

Anticipated development timescale: 1 year

• Start in 2019
• Ready to launch in 2022

Estimated number of students involved: 20

Mission duration: 2 months

picto partenariatMission in partnership

with ESA (European Space Agency):

To measure the rate and distribution of errors due to radiation on different types of memory storage in space.

picto financementFunding

Funding of student internships by the Van Allen Foundation


ROBUSTA-1D CELESTA

Launch: July 13th, 2022

Logo CELESTA

Picto satelliteCubeSat 1U

Anticipated development timescale: 4 years

• Start in 2015
• Ready to launch in 2022

Estimated number of students involved: 50

picto partenariatMission in partnership

with CERN

To compare the radiative environment in low Earth orbit with that produced in the CHARM irradiation chamber using a radiation monitor (the RADMON detector) at CERN.

picto financementFunding

Co-funded by CERN


ROBUSTA-1B

6+ years of measurements

Launch : June 23rd, 2017
Launch aboard an Indian PSLV launcher from the Dhawan Space Centre spaceport located in Sriharikota, India.

End of life : October of 2023, atmospheric re-entry and total end-of-life destruction

Robusta 1B

Picto satelliteCubeSat 1U

Development timescale: 4 years

• Start in 2012
• Launched in 2017

Estimated number of students involved: 50

picto partenariatMission

To validate a radiation test method and a new communication bus

picto financementFunding

Co-funded by Van Allen Foundation / CNES, within the framework of the CNES Janus project

Funding of student internships by the Van Allen Foundation


ROBUSTA-1C MTCUBE

Launch : July 5th, 2019

ROBUSTA 1C MTCUBE

Picto satelliteCubeSat 1U

Development timescale: 4 years

• Start in 2014
• Launched in 2019

Estimated number of students involved: 50

picto partenariatMission en partenariat

with ESA (European Space Agency):

To measure the error rate and distribution across different types of memory components.

picto financementFunding

Co-funded by Van Allen Foundation / ESA

Funding of student internships by the Van Allen Foundation


ROBUSTA-1A

Lancement : February 13th, 2012

End of life : January of 2015, atmospheric re-entry and total end-of-life destruction

Picto satelliteCubeSat 1U

Development timescale: 6 years

• Start in 2006
• Ready in 2012

Estimated number of students involved: 300

picto partenariatMission

To measure the effect of radiation on integrated circuits comprising bipolar transistors

picto financementFunding

To measure the effect of radiation on integrated circuits comprising bipolar transistors


FRIENDS

• The French Russian Payload or FRIENDS project for the Russian Baumanets-2 microsatellite of Bauman Technical State University, Moscow.
• French Russian project initiated in 2009 by the French and Russian Ministers of Research. The payload developed by the University Space Center was delivered to Bauman in May 2015. Unfortunately Baumanets-2 and the FRP were completely destroyed in the crash of the Soyuz 2.1 launcher in November 2017. This joint collaboration was nevertheless a great experience for CSU and the Youth Space Center of Bauman.
• Type of satellite: microsatellite (10 to 100 kg)
• Development time of payload: 7 years
• From 2009 to 2015 (ready for delivery)
• Number of students involved: 50

Mission for Bauman Technical State University:
• Similar to ROBUSTA-1A, measuring the effects of space radiation on electronic components made up of bipolar transistors.
• Co-financed by CNES and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Student internships financed by Van Allen Foundation


SACRED

The unlucky SACRED nanosatellite

French-American project. The experiment developed by the French team was placed on board the SACRED CubeSat of the University of Arizona. SACRED was launched in July 2006 but the launcher exploded at take-off with all its cargo.

SACRED [University of Arizona]
• Development time of payload: 2 years
• From 2001 to 2003 (ready for launch)
• Estimated number of students involved: 5


Mission for Arizona University:
• Measuring the effect of space radiation on MOS power transistors
Financed by Thales Alenia Space