CUTE-1.7 + APD

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CUTE-1.7 + APD
Mission type Technology
Operator Tokyo Institute of Technology
COSPAR ID 2006-005C
SATCAT no. 28941
Mission duration 0.2 years achieved
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 3 kilograms (6.6 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date February 21, 2006, 21:28:00 (2006-02-21UTC21:28Z) UTC
Rocket M-V
Launch site Uchinoura
End of mission
Last contact March 16, 2006 (2006-03-17)
Decay date October 25, 2009
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 299 kilometres (186 mi)
Apogee 712 kilometres (442 mi)
Inclination 98.19 degrees
Period 94.72 minutes

CUTE-1.7 + APD (Cubical Tokyo Tech Engineering satellite 1.7) or CO-56 (Cubesat-Oscar-56[1]) is an amateur radio satellite in the form of a double CubeSat.[citation needed] The satellite uses commercial off-the-shelf components extensively, in particular, using the Hitachi NPD-20JWL PDA as a control computer, and using a USB hub for sensor communications. At the end of its mission, the satellite will deploy an electrodynamic tether to help it deorbit. It was launched on February 21 2006 on board a Japanese launcher M-V.

On March 16, 2006, the communication system malfunctioned so that it was transmitting unmodulated carrier wave and unable to communicate.[2] The satellite decayed from orbit on 25 October 2009. A follow-up mission, CUTE-1.7 + APD II, was launched in April 2008 and remains operational.

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  1. ^ "AMSAT News Service Bulletin 071.08". Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. 2006-03-12. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  2. ^ Cute-1.7 + APD - NEWS - Cute-1.7+APDの現状ついて

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