The Launch of Slovenian Nanosatellite into Space Is Planned for the End of 2018
The creators expect that the satellite will be most likely launched on a Vega launcher (French Guiana). This event is related to the Trisat project. It has been implemented by the Electronic and Information Systems Laboratory (EISL) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics (FERI) at the University of Maribor in cooperation with Skylabs and with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA).
The components of the satellite are now ready. However, foreign suppliers have not yet delivered the solar panels and the navigation module. As a result, there is a short delay. The European Space Agency also affected the transfer of the nanosatellite launch date. According to the Head of the Laboratory of Electronic and Information Systems of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics of the University of Maribor, Iztok Kramberger, one of the main satellites is most likely missing.
The Slovenian nanosatellite weighing about 5 kg is planned to be put into orbit at an altitude of 500–600 km above the Earth. It will fly around the planet 14–16 times a day from south to north. On the roof of the building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics of the University of Maribor, a ground-based satellite station was installed. Once a day, it is planned to communicate with the satellite and, if necessary, to receive the recorded data.
The main goal of the mission is to test the strength of space electronics manufactured by Skylabs. The longevity of products is currently the key issue in the space industry.
Skylabs’ main product is a small PicoskyFT processor, which is of high interest for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, USA) as well. It is an integral part of the satellite and is characterized by durability and reliability.
Skylabs began commercializing its products two years ago with the sale of PCBs containing many different interfaces. The company recently moved its production to a new premises in the Koroška Street in Maribor. It is planned to develop its own laboratory of reliable embedded electronic systems.