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Space mission RoBiSAT

on 07 February 2014

During the STAR 2012 project competition, coordonated by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), a research project was selected for funding the first phase of the RoBiSAT mission, developed by the Institute of Space Science (ISS).

mong the mission objectives are developing and testing critical nanosatellites configuration flying technologies. In particular, ISS wants to study technological solutions for radio communication, data transfer and commands between two identical satellites on a Low Earth Orbit.

The RoBiSAT-1 project, funded by the STAR Programme offers support for developing a prototype CubeSat 2U nanosatellite — dimensions 20 X 10 X 10 cm3.

RoBiSAT-1 and RoBiSAT-2 will be launched as part of the international collaboration QB50 — a constellation of 50 nanosatellites — and will include, in addition to the radio communication experiment, instruments developed by the QB50 consortium. This set of sensors will be integrated on board of all the other nanosatellites, which together will form a constellation of 50 mini-laboratories. These labs will measure the parameters of the upper parts of the Earth’s atmosphere in different locations, at different moments of time, offering unique data sets that will facilitate the monitoring of different processes in situ, as well as the testing and improving of current models. Romania will also actively get involved in the ground station network by making use of the infrastructure developed during previous projects.


The project team includes researchers and research assistants from the Institute of Space Science. The researchers group was formed based on the critical team trained for developing the GOLIAT nanosatellite and includes, in addition to the experienced researchers, master students who have recently joined the team.

Funded through an European FP7 project, QB50 is the first international collaboration to use professional nanosatellites for the study of an atmospheric area that we know little of. Romania is involved in this collaboration through the Institute of Space Science.

The Institute of Space Science (ISS) from Magurele, Romania, conducts scientific research in areas such as Astroparticle Physics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology and Space Plasma Physics. It also performs activities related to applied research, design and development of space technologies. ISS has been involved in collaborations and partnerships renowned both nationally and internationally (CERN-ALICE, FAIR, ANTARES, KM3NeT, Pierre Auger Observatory), in ESA’s space programme through space missions such as Euclid, Planck, Cluster and in the first Romanian experiment on board of the International Space Station.