UNSW-EC0 and INSPIRE-2 reach end of mission

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We are both proud and sad to announce that UNSW-EC0 has reached the end of its design life and after a long and successful mission, has now re-entered the atmosphere as predicted. The project was not without its challenges, however it has proven to be a successful technology demonstrator for a surprising number of research payloads, given that this was our team's first substantial foray into full cubesat development. All four active payloads switched on an were responsive; Kea GPS (ACSER), RUSH (ACSER), Sel4 (Data61) and the INMS (VKI), with experimental results being transmitted right down to the last days of service. Our passive payload - the "RAMSES" 3D printed structure, is also believe to have held together successfully!

The project spanned 7 years, and invovled more than 70 participants in that time, ranging from research staff, PhD students, undergrads, BLUEsat team members, visitors, staff from other unviersities and research organisations, professional staff, as well as more we've probably forgotten! 

Above: The time and location that UNSW-EC0 was predicted to re-enter. According to our final beacons the time prediction was fairly close, the location prediction could not be verified. 

 

We'd also like to announce that INSPIRE-2, our QB50 collaborative cubesat with USyd/ANU, re-entered the atmosphere Saturday 24th November. It also carried an ACSER Kea-GPS payload.

Above: The time and location that INSPIRE-2 was predicted to re-enter.