Project History

GOLIAT is the name of the project that focused on the development of a single unit CubeSat type satellite and a multidisciplinary team of researchers by directly involving undergraduate students from the University of Bucharest and the University Politehnica of Bucharest under the direct supervision of the Romanian Space Agency and the Romanian Institute for Space Sciences. The project also received support from industry in fields of radio communication, in-house testing, custom optics systems and micromechanics manufacturing.

The GOLIAT nanosatellite got its name from the project. It is a CubeSat class spacecraft based on a cubic shape with its side measuring approximately 100 mm. The project received its funding in 2005 and in 2008 the satellite was selected for being launched on the inaugural flight of the VEGA rocket. Complementary to the development of the satellite, the project was focused on developing the ground infrastructure necessary for building, testing and operating the satellite.

The satellite is set to be launched in early February 2012. The mission parameters are as follows:

Launch date:                              February 13th 2012

Launch site:                               Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), Kourou, French Guiana

Launcher:                                  Vega (maiden flight), ESA

Orbit: Low Earth Orbit


Perigee: 300 km

Apogee: 1450 km

Inclination: 69.5 degrees

Period: 90 minutes

Mision duration: 6 months

On orbit lifetime: 1 – 3 years

Ground stations:                         Măgurele, Ilfov; Mărișel, Cluj


Time since launch: