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ROSPIN-SAT-1 is ROSPIN’s first project and it has been running since the fall of 2020. The project has evolved from a small group of space enthusiasts to a large scale hands-on activity which is currently part of ESA’s Fly Your Satellite Design Booster programme. Watch this space for updates!


The ROSPIN-SAT-1 project is the first Romanian student educational satellite with the mission of observing the vegetation and inventorying the forests on the territory of our country in order to inform activities to combat forest degradation. The satellite mission is currently under development as part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite Design Booster programme.
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Project overview


ROSPIN-SAT-1 wishes to be just the start in terms of high quality space projects in Romania. Our NGO is working hard to create the basis for similar projects to start across the country.​


To enable a skill transfer from space professionals to students in Romania through a hands on CubeSat mission.​

Create a pool of well trained space professionals for the local industry. Launch and operate the first Romanian student led CubeSat.​

Mission Objectives

The ROSPIN-SAT-1 mission has two sets of objectives: technical and educational. On the technical side, this mission aims to perform agroforestry inventory and to detect health issues of vegetation across Romania’s territory in order to identify land areas with reforestation potential and to inform authorities on this matter. On the education side, the mission is actively contributing to the development of the local space sector through upskilling of students and young professionals involved in the design, build, test and operation of the satellite.

About the team

The ROSPIN-SAT-1 team was started by a group of students from the University POLITEHNICA Bucharest and evolved into a technical program with members and collaborators from European universities and the local space industry. The core of the team consists of 15 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students, most of them enrolled at UPB. Those involved in the project have various specializations in areas such as orbital mechanics, satellite orientation control and stabilization, Earth observation, structural design, electronic design or software development. In addition, the team benefits from technical support from companies and institutes such as: GMV, RISE, Thales, Deimos, HPS, SAB Aerospace, COMOTI and INCAS.


What is ESA FYS DB

ESA Fly Your Satellite Design Booster is a pilot program of the European Space Agency, currently running its first edition. It was introduced by ESA as a precursor to the main ESA Fly Your Satellite program which is currently in its 4th edition and through which dozens of European teams have passed, including Romania’s Goliath in 2008.

The main objective of the competition is to develop the satellite design to the point where it is completed and can be produced and tested as part of ESA’s flagship nanosatellite launch programme: Fly Your Satellite. The secondary objective is educational, considering that participating students interact directly with European Space Agency experts and take part in trainings organized by ESA.

For this first edition, 12 teams from Europe, including ours, were preselected and participated in a one-week training held at ESTEC, the European space research and technology centre in the Netherlands. Following this training, the teams improved their reports, and in December 2022 the final selection was made. Six teams from renowned universities managed to be accepted into the program: two from Italy, two from Spain, one from Switzerland and ROSPIN-SAT-1 from Romania.

Project Timeline

Starting point
ROSPIN SAT 1 is born

The ROSPIN-SAT-1 team was originally formed in 2019 and applied unsuccessfully to the Fly Your Satellite program in October 2019.

2020 Fall
New horizons

In the fall of 2020 the team restarted the project and recruited new members, many of whom are still present today in the core team.

2021 Spring
ROSPIN Academy 1st edition

In the spring of 2021 ROSPIN started the ROSPIN Academy educational program which was initially aimed at the technical training of ROSPIN-SAT-1 members, but expanded to the national program we know today.

Defining the purpose

Throughout 2021 the team clearly defined the purpose of the satellite observation mission, talked with experts and began to detail the design of the satellite.

December 2021
New round of recruitment

In December 2021 the team had a new round of recruitments and expanded into the form it still has today. The new members went through an on-boarding weekend where they learned how the design cycle of a satellite mission works.

June 2022
Progress presentation

In June 2022, the ROSPIN-SAT-1 team presented its progress to the Romanian space industry.

Ocrober-December 2022
ESA FYS DB selection process

Between October-December 2022, the team participated in the selection process of the ESA FYS Design Booster, eventually being part of the 6 finalists.

January-March 2023
ESA FYS DB preparation

In January-March 2023 the team prepared an even more detailed technical report for ESA as part of the Design Booster programme.

April 2023
ESA FYS DB work starts

Starting in April, the team is working together with ESA experts to finalize the design, start simulations and test the platform.

April-May 2023
ROSPIN SAT 1 recruitment

In April-May 2023 the team recruited new members to expand its capabilities.

What is next?

The team completed an intensive 3-week period during April with 13 meetings with ESA experts. The current mission design was discussed in detail and the plan for the rest of the year was drawn up. In the coming months, the ROSPIN-SAT-1 team will finalize the mission concept and plans to begin testing the system’s functionality. In addition, the team will recruit new members in each subsystem. The next major milestone will be in the winter/spring of 2024 when the team will have its final evaluation under the ESA FYS Design Booster program.