Mission typeTechnology
OperatorUniversity of Bologna
COSPAR ID2012-006B
SATCAT no.38078
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass12.5 kilograms (28 lb)
Dimensions30 centimetres (12 in) cube
Start of mission
Launch date13 February 2012, 10:00:00 (2012-02-13UTC10Z) UTC
Launch siteKourou ELA-1
End of mission
Decay date25 April 2020
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude311 kilometres (193 mi)
Apogee altitude1,250 kilometres (780 mi)
Inclination69.5 degrees
Period100.32 minutes
Epoch19 December 2013, 04:49:04 UTC[1]

ALMASat-1 (ALma MAter SATellite) was a micro satellite developed by University of Bologna for demonstrative purposes to benefit Earth observation missions. The project was funded by Italian Ministry of Research.[2]

About the satellite

The satellite was made from high quality aluminium and reinforced with eight stainless steel plates. Solar cells were mounted on four sides of satellite for providing the power required for satellite operation.


The work on development of ALMASat was started in 2003. It was expected to be launched into orbit on a Dnepr rocket. Later it was launched by Vega launch vehicle with other satellites on board.

The ALMASat-1 was a microsatellite having a cuboidal structure, meant for a demo purpose, it accommodated payloads of different sizes and power requirements. The main purpose of ALMASat-1 was to test the 3-axis pointing accuracy for the future satellite launches.[3]


ALMASAT-1 was launched by Vega launch system on February 13, 2012, from Kourou, French Guiana.


ALMASAT-1 decayed from orbit 25 April 2020.


  1. ^ "ALMASAT-1 Satellite details 2012-006B NORAD 38078". N2YO. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  2. ^ NASA data centre
  3. ^ ALMASAT statistics