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EIRSAT-1 May 27, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Thanks to Garibaldy for noticing this…

Irish contributions to the endeavours of space research have been significant, from the Birr Castle telescope to the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Laurence O’Rourke playing a large part in Rosetta’s contact with Comet 67p.
However, we still have not sent an Irish person into space, or even one of our own spacecraft into Earth’s orbit – until now.


In a statement, the ESA has confirmed the selection of a satellite owned and built by an Irish team, comprising researchers and five spacetech companies that will launch a satellite called Educational Research Satellite-1, or EIRSAT-1 for short.
To be led by University College Dublin (UCD) and Queen’s University Belfast, the cube satellite (cubesat) will be launched from the International Space Station, where it will join a multitude of other objects in Earth’s orbit.

A small but useful step forward. Good on QUB and UCD.


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