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AI CubeSat headed to Van Allen Belts on Vega-C

Written by  Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:58
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An ESA-financed nanosatellite, due to lift off aboard the inaugural flight of Vega-C this Wednesday, will operate an AI system in the harsh, radiation-wracked environment of the Van Allen Belts. The shoebox-sized Trisat-R – one of six ‘CubeSats’ on the flight, headed up to a rarely-trafficked close to 6000 km altitude orbit – is also carrying radiation-detection payloads from CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research, Slovenian firm SkyLabs and ESA itself.


A CubeSat made from three standardised 10-cm boxes, Trisat-R is Slovenia’s second space mission, following the original remote-sensing Trisat, which flew aboard Vega into a 530 km low-Earth orbit in September 2019. Like its predecessor, Trisat-R has been developed by the University of Maribor in Slovenia with SkyLabs.

“ESA has supported the manufacturing, assembly and testing of Trisat-R through the ‘Fly’ element of our General Support Technology Programmme, which opens up in-orbit demonstration opportunities for European companies,” comments Kenza Benamar of ESA’s GSTP Office.

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