UiTMSAT-1

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UiTMSAT-1
Mission typeTechnology demonstration
OperatorUniversiti Teknologi MARA
COSPAR ID1998-067PD
SATCAT no.43589
Websitebirds2.birds-project.com
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type1U CubeSat
BOL mass1 kg (2.2 lb)
Dimensions10 x 10 x 10 cm
Start of mission
Launch date09:42, June 29, 2018 (UTC) (2018-06-29T09:42Z)
RocketFalcon 9 Full Thrust
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
ContractorSpaceX
Deployed fromISS
Deployment date10 August 2018
Orbital parameters
RegimeLow Earth
Semi-major axis6773 km[1]
Perigee398.6 km
Apogee407.2 km
Inclination51.6°
Period92.5 minutes
2nd Joint Global Multination Birds Project

UiTMSAT-1 is a Malaysian nanosatellite, built primarily by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as part of the multi-nation Birds-2 project. The 1U CubeSat was launched into space in June 2018 and deployed from the ISS in August.

Development[edit]

Planning for the mission began in December 2016 at the Kyushu Institute of Technology. UiTM postgraduate students Syazana Basyirah Mohammad Zaki and Muhammad Hasif Azami developed the satellite over a 19-month period and collaborated with eight other students from the Philippines, Bhutan, and Japan. This collaboration also inspired the creation of a new Communication Satellite Centre at UiTM.[2]

Objectives[edit]

  • Demonstrate an Automatic Packet Reporting System Digipeater to communicate with amateur radio stations
  • Detect a specific type of solar radiation called "single event latch-up"
  • Measure magnetic fields through the use of an Anisotropic Magneto Resistance Magnetometer
  • Act as an Earth Imaging Camera[2]

Launch and mission[edit]

UiTMSAT-1 was launched to space on 29 June 2018 via the Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States as part of the SpaceX CRS-15 Commercial Resupply Service mission.[2] Maya-1 and BHUTAN-1, which were also developed under the Birds-2 project, were among the payload of the rocket.[3] All three nanosatellites were deployed from the ISS and achieved orbit on 10 August 2018.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BIRD-MY (UiTMSAT-1)". n2yo.com.
  2. ^ a b c Mustafa, Zulita. "UiTMSAT-1 puts Malaysia at the final frontier". nst.com.my. New Straits Times. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  3. ^ Panela, Shaira (29 June 2018). "Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space". Rappler. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "PH CUBESAT MAYA-1 SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED TO SPACE". Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  5. ^ BERNAMA (August 11, 2018). "UiTM creates history with launch of satellite into orbit". New Straits Times.

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