EIRSAT-1:Ireland's first satellite
University College Dublin, Ireland
EIRSAT-1 has left Ireland for the last time as preparations begin for
a planned November 2023 launch in North America.
The satellite, designed, built, and tested at University College Dublin,
in the framework of the ESA Academy educational programme for university-level
students by the European Space Agency (ESA), is heading to the Vandenberg
Space Force Base in California from where it will be sent into orbit.
A flagship project of UCD C-Space, UCD's Centre for Space Research, the UCD
School of Physics and UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering,
EIRSAT-1 (Educational Irish Research Satellite 1) is Ireland's first satellite.
EIRSAT-1 is in particular part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Academy's
'Fly Your Satellite!' initiative, which offers university students the training,
space-expert mentoring and hands-on guidance throughout the entire life cycle
of a professional satellite project; from design to building, tests, launch
and operations. ESA also provided the launch opportunity now coming up.
A miniature cube satellite, or CubeSat, EIRSAT-1 was first announced in,
and then selected by, ESA for Fly Your Satellite! in 2017.