Planning

The original planning for the project was to start on the 1st of January 2013 and to finish on the 31st of December 2015. It was intended to have a successful launch within this period of time or to perform tests on a fully integrated satellite on Earth in a space representative environment.

The timing of the launch was an issue that needed to be solved during the project. Originally the project was scheduled to finish on the 31st of December 2015. However it was not possible for the consortium to find a suitable launch window before this date. This issue is extensively discussed with the EC project officer and together a very workable solution was found: suspension of the project until a suitable launch window was selected. This was combined with an extension of the project duration of 5 months to enable the consortium to deliver a fully functional, fully tested satellite to the launch.

On the 1st of January 2016 the project was suspended according to plan to cover the time until the launch of the satellite that would carry the PEASSS satellite into space. On the 1st of December 2016 the project was restarted again in order to have time to deliver the PEASSS satellite to the launch provider. During this suspension period it was not possible to get labor funded by the EU, but nevertheless the project partners kept on working on the PEASSS satellite at their own expenses.

The PEASSS satellite was launched on the 15th of February 2017 and from that time until the end of the project experiments were performed in space and data was downloaded and analyzed.

Now the EU project ends in April 2017, while the expected life time of the Cube Sat is about 5 to 7 years. After this period it will fall back to Earth and burnup in the atmosphere. The consortium will follow the Cube Sat after the ending of the project in April 2017 and will keep on conducting experiments with both the platform and the payloads. The goal of this activity goes well beyond the goal of the project.