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GOLIAT nanosatellite launched on the inaugural flight of Vega rocket

on 13 February 2012

UPDATE: The Vega rocket was successfully launched. The separation of GOLIAT nanosatellite was held at T0 + 4236 seconds (1:12 p.m. GMT).

Monday, February 13, 2012, during 10: 00-12: 00 GMT will take place the inaugural launch of European Space Agency's Vega Rocket from the launch base in Kourou, French Guiana. One of the passengers on this flight will be GOLIAT, the first Romanian nanosatellite developed by a research team headed by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

The GOLIAT satellite is developed in accordance with international CubeSat standard and aims to achieve high-resolution images, measurements of radiation dose and micrometeoroid flow. Data will be transferred to ground stations for analysis and scientific dissemination.

The launch will be transmitted live via satellite and online.

Coordinates for satellite live transmission:

EUTELSAT W3A@7 deg East

Transponder B4 Channel 4M9 (R2)9MHz

Downlink freq: 11106.5 MHz POL Y (vertical)

Format: SD 625 16:9 50Hz

Modulation: DVBS/QPSK

SR: 6.6665Ms/s FEC 7/8,

RoF 0.35 (11_SD MPEG2 420 10.7514 Mbps)

AUDIO:1 English

AUDIO:2 French

AUDIO:3 Italian



More details here.

The launch can be watched live.


For more information about GOLIAT and Vega see the articles on the website of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA):

  • Nanosatellite launch GOLIAT
  • Vega maiden flight
  • Vega Flight VV01