EntrySat was previously launched by an Antares rocket (NG-11) on April 11th from the Wallops base in Virginia. The cubesat has been carried by the cargo Cygnus. It’s the very first French 3U cubesat, developed by the ISAE-SUPAERO since 2012, which was deployed from the ISS.
This event happened as part of the JANUS project (Jeunes en Apprentissage pour la réalisation de Nanosatellites au sein des Universités et des écoles de l’enseignement Supérieur), offered by the CNES. Many researchers, engineers and students from ISAE-SUPAERO have participed to the conception of the nanosatellite, helped by the ONERA and the Université de Toulouse.
Its main mission is dedicated to the study of the atmospheric reentry of space debris. He will also carry out experiments of communication with the ground and measurement of the atmosphere characteristics. It is directly from the antenna located on one of the roofs of ISAE-SUPAERO, and thanks to the control center, that we will be able to communicate with EntrySat for data collection.
Chronology of its deployment :
- 30 minutes after expulsion, deployment of the UHF antennas and emission of a signal thanks to the WOD tags.
- Around 18:15 UTC (20h15 local time), 3 stations in the United States could hear EntrySat.
- At 7:45 UTC (9:45 am local time), EntrySat made its first trip over Toulouse.
Did you know? EntrySat is officially the 200th cubesat deployed fron the International Space Station!
— ISAE-SUPAERO (@ISAE_officiel) 3 juillet 2019
Way to go @EntrySat! Deployed at 16:25:00 UTC, the 16th NanoRacks #CubeSat Mission from @Space_Station is now officially complete! Congratulations to all of our customers, and thanks always to our partners at @NASA and @JAXA_en for helping make this mission a success. #ISS https://t.co/79G4LupddY
— NanoRacks (@NanoRacks) 3 juillet 2019
— EntrySat Supaero (@EntrySat) 4 juillet 2019
Hey, @Thom_astro , I also graduated from @ISAE_officiel and thanks to @CNES , I also went to @Space_Station . Sorry that you could not wait for me 😀. By the way, I'm doing fine so far ;) pic.twitter.com/SeDOw0jz24
— EntrySat Supaero (@EntrySat) 8 juillet 2019