This is part 2 of the 3 part article on the importance of Malta in space featuring thLast week I wrote the first part of this 3 part series on Malta’s new emerging space endeavours. University of Malta finally took the plunge and have embarked on the first National space project for Malta, creating a Maltese satellite.
Part 1 was all about nerdish details, so now that you read the technical background, let’s get more specific. The sat team at Uni decided to go with a CubeSat. As discussed these are launched into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and have a specific and set lifetime according to the orbit altitude. They have no propulsion to adjust their orbit, hence it’s a self-decaying orbit as in LEO (as discussed previously) the sats are still effected by Earth’s gravity.e first national space project the UoMSat1, Part 1 dealt with technical background, Part2 is UoMSat1 specific.