On Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 3:58 UTC the PEASSS nano satellite or Cube Sat. was launched successful into space.
The launch was performed in India by the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) mission C37.
Pictures: Department of Space Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
During this mission a record number of 104 (!) nano-sats have been brought to an orbital altitude of 550 km; once the launcher was in orbit, a nano-sat was released every 10 seconds.
A live broadcast of the launch and from the on board camera is provided by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0BpjPUT5FE.
The launch was very successful: the PEASSS satellite is in the right orbit, very slowly tumbling and contact with the satellite was already established a few hours after launch during the first orbit over the ground station in Delft (the Netherlands).
PEASSS is a relatively small satellite (10 x 10 x 30 cm) and only weighs 4 kg. The satellite is developed and manufactured in the EU FP7 program led by TNO and in collaboration with five partners: ISIS (Netherlands), NSL (Israel), Sonaca Space Group (Germany), Sonaca (Belgium) and The Technion (Israel). Actually this is the first time that a satellite was launched as part of an EU program.
The ground station for the satellite is located at ISIS in Delft and communication with the satellite to send commands and to receive data from the on-board experiments is possible 3 times per day, during a period of 10 minutes.