May 17, 2017

École Polytechnique Launches the First Operational French Student Satellite

X-CubeSat, the nano-satellite of the student space center of the École Polytechnique (AstronautiX), has just been launched in orbit on May 17, 2017 from the ISS. It joined the International Space Station (ISS) on March 24, aboard the Cygnus refueling vessel launched by an Atlas V rocket after six years of development. Between the X2010 and X2015 promotions, no fewer than fifty-seven polytechnicists, eight engineers, researchers and two trainees succeeded in realizing this formidable project.