QBITO has been successfully deployed!

QBITO, the first Cubesat by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid was deployed last Thursday 25th of May, from the International Space Station (ISS). This Cubesat will study the lower thermosphere during the next 6 months as part of the European project QB50.

The QB50 mission consists of a network of 36 CubeSats that will study the properties of the lower thermosphere. QBITO was deployed from the ISS at an initial circular orbit of 420 km altitude and 51° inclination. Due to atmospheric drag, its orbit will decay until the spacecraft burn in the atmosphere approximately in 6 months.

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