December 7, 2022


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Ireland’s first satellite set for ESA launch in next few months

EIRSAT-1, made by a team of UCD scientists, is expected to launch from an ESA base in French Guiana later on this year or in early 2023.

Ireland’s 1st satellite start has moved a step nearer and is envisioned to achieve space within the subsequent number of months.

The EIRSAT-1 satellite is getting developed group of scientists at University School Dublin. It is anticipated to be introduced by the European Room Company (ESA) from its base in French Guiana both afterwards this yr or early 2023.

The announcement came from a Cabinet assembly, wherever Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was authorised to indicator an trade of letters with the ESA in advance of the launch, The Irish Occasions studies.

The EIRSAT-1 satellite in a white background.

Rendering of EIRSAT-1 when deployed. The satellite is the dimension of a shoebox. Image: EIRSAT-1 staff



A spokesperson talking for Varadkar mentioned Ireland will have to sign-up the satellite with the UN and ensure that EIRSAT-1 is recognised as an Irish mission prior to the launch.

Eire is at the moment the only comprehensive member of the ESA that does not have its possess satellite, but the EIRSAT-1 team hopes to alter that.

The staff has been preserving busy in the lead up to the satellite launch. On EIRSAT-1’s Twitter web page, the workforce recently explained they have done “end-to-close testing” on the rooftops of UCD.

First announced in May 2017, EIRSAT-1 is a miniature dice satellite, or cubesat, remaining made at UCD.

Its mission is to offer training and training for learners in all key features of satellite progress, below the steering of educational and business mentors and the ESA.

When in room, EIRSAT-1 will detect and record bursts of gamma rays employing a detector made by UCD’s Room Science team.

It will also take a look at a new mind-set manage technique – which aids orient and posture a spacecraft – created by the Dynamics and Handle group at UCD, and examination the functionality of protective coatings made by Irish room-tech business Enbio.

Last year, the EIRSAT-1 workforce ran environmental checks on the satellite at an ESA facility in Belgium about a 5-week time period.

The satellite is primarily based in the UCD Centre for Room Research (C-Space), which was introduced in December 2020 as Ireland’s initial devoted hub for house-associated analysis, innovation and instruction.

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