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Two Greek microsatellites launched into space

The UPSat is the first microsatellite based on open-source software to have been completely constructed in Greece

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21 April 2017

Two Greek microsatellites were successfully launched into space on Tuesday aboard the Atlas V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The UPSat is the first microsatellite based on open-source software to be completely constructed in Greece.

Created at the University of Patras and Libre Space Foundation, it was made possible through the European QB50 program as part of the European Research Project FP7 Space which is being coordinated by the Von Karman Institute.

The DUTHSat was constructed at the University of Thrace.

The microsatellites were launched along with 26 similar devices with Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, and are headed to the International Space Station where the devices will then be launched into orbit to commence their operation.

If completed, the flight will offer a unique chance to look into the study of magnetic cell culturing, crystal growth and atmospheric reentry.

The launch is already being celebrated as a success however, given the launch was previously cancelled a number of times due to technical issues with the rocket.

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