EIRSAT-1 is Ireland’s first satellite and a team of students in University College Dublin (UCD) are designing, building, testing and will launch this satellite as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) Fly Your Satellite! Programme.
EIRSAT-1 stands for the Educational Irish Research Satellite 1. It is a satellite about the size of a shoe box, called a CubeSat and will be controlled from a ground station on the roof of the UCD School of Physics and collect data from the three science experiments on-board.
The first experiment is a novel gamma-ray detector, GMOD, which is being developed in UCD. GMOD will detect gamma-rays from both cosmic and atmospheric phenomena.
The second experiment, EMOD, consists of a payload developed with Irish company, ENBIO Ltd., to monitor the in-flight performance of their thermal spacecraft treatments, SolarWhite and SolarBlack.
The third experiment, Wave Based Control (WBC), is a novel attitude control algorithm, developed in the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, which will be tested for the first time in space on EIRSAT-1.
The satellite was due o be delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2020 but this will probably be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once launched, it is expected to last 6 to 12 months.
The video below gives a good overview of the project...
a) Info on the UCD website