Mission phases

  1. Carrier rocket takes the satellite into orbit and deploys it.
  2. 5 minutes after deployment the satellite starts up and starts preliminary system checks to determine the integrity of the satellite's hardware.
  3. 30 minutes after deployment the radio antennas of the satellite will be deployed and communications with the Earth will be made possible.
  4. 40 minutes after deployment the satellite's radio beacon will be activated and first messages will be sent back to the Earth (this is the first time the satellite's successful launch can be determined)
  5. Satellite's beacon will be held active for a couple of days to determine satellite's health
  6. The satellite will turn on all of its subsystems and will stay in standby for commands from the ground station.
  7. The ground station will communicate with the satellite for diagnostics and possible software updates
  8. Satellite's rotation will be stabilised and first images of  the Earth will be taken.
  9. The main mission will start: the coils within the satellite will be used to spin it up and the tether deployment starts.
  10. Tether deployment ends, the tether will be electrified and measurements will start. The satellite will keep sending telemetry for confirming the E-sail effect.