NANOSATELLITES & PROJECTS

OUR 1U PROJECTS

ROBUSTA-1F MTCUBE 2

MTCube 2 nanosatellite

Picto satellite

CubeSat 1-Unit

Anticipated development timescale: 1 year

• Start in 2019
• Ready to launch in 2022

Estimated number of students involved: 20

Mission duration: 2 months

picto partenariat

Mission 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 financement

Funding

Funding of student internships by the Van Allen Foundation

ROBUSTA-1D CELESTA

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Picto satellite

CubeSat 1-Unit

Anticipated development timescale: 4 years

• Start in 2015
• Ready to launch in 2022

Estimated number of students involved: 50

picto partenariat

Mission 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 financement

Funding

Co-funded by CERN

ROBUSTA-1B

Robusta 1B

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

5+ years of measurements

Active

In nominal operation

Picto satellite

CubeSat 1-Unit

Development timescale: 4 years

• Start in 2012
• Launched in 2017

Estimated number of students involved: 50

picto partenariat

Mission in partnership

To validate a radiation test method and a new communication bus

picto financement

Funding

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

ROBUSTA 1C MTCUBE

July 5th, 2019

Picto satellite

CubeSat 1-Unit

Development timescale: 4 years

• Start in 2014
• Launched in 2019

Estimated number of students involved: 50

picto partenariat

Mission in partnership

ESA (European Space Agency):

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

picto financement

Funding

Co-funded by Van Allen Foundation / ESA

Funding of student internships by the Van Allen Foundation

ROBUSTA-1A

sent into space

February 13th, 2012
ESA launch “Cubesat on Vega Maiden Flight”

March 2015
Atmospheric re-entry and total end-of-life destruction

Picto satellite

CubeSat 1-Unit

Development timescale: 6 years

• Start in 2006
• Ready in 2012

Estimated number of students involved: 300

picto partenariat

Mission in partnership

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

picto financement

Funding

Co-funded by CNES, within the framework of the CNES Expresso project

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

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