Second heaviest satellite launched by Finland into space at 5 kg
Designed for technology development, Aalto-1 is a civil satellite operated by Aalto University (Finland).
Delivered via PSLV (launch vehicle) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, it was launched into space on 23 June 2017 and orbits the Earth as a LEO satellite. Aalto-1 was constructed by Aalto University (Finland).
Designated with COSPAR ID 2017-036L and NORAD ID 42775, Aalto-1 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 2 years. It has a launch mass of 5 kg.
Taking 95 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 497km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 517km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.45E-03.
With generated usable power of 5 watts, Aalto-1 orbits at an inclination of 97 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.