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The SwissCube and satellite remote sensing principles
photo credit: ITU/V. Martin
“ To build and operate a small cube satellite system is a complex engineering task and a challenge for students with little space technology experience — it was done extremely well — with a first satellite for Switzerland — I am pleased to let you know that the quality of your work was received (here at ITU) by the good telemetry data received shortly after the launch — Bravo! ”

Valery Timofeev
Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau
 
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Photo credit: © EPflSpace Center 2009

ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) participated with great pleasure in the successful launch and deployment of the first Swiss Cube satellite on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of the Indian Space Research Organisation on 21 September 2009. This is an important event (for Switzerland) and a tremendous achievement by the students and the Space Center at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

After four years of hard work by the Space Center EPFl in cooperation with several other Swiss academic institutions, Federal authorities and Swiss space industry the SwissCube‘s first mission was not only a great success, but there are also further plans to continue with the development of the next generation of more complex satellite systems.

BR is very pleased to have been able to assist in the project with the international recognition and recording of the SwissCube project in the ITU Master International Frequency Register (MIFR). BR looks forward to future cooperation with the Space Center EPFL in the field of satellite communications, and welcomes any further presentations of research activities in the field of radiocommunications, particularly as regards new technologies such as space sensors and software defined radio.

“To build and operate a small cube satellite system is a complex engineering task and a challenge for students with little space technology experience — it was done extremely well — with a first satellite for Switzerland — I am pleased to let you know that the quality of your work was received (here at ITU) by the good telemetry data received shortly after the launch — Bravo!”

 

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