UiTMSAT-1

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UiTMSAT-1
UiTMSAT-1 in space (Iss056e130490) (cropped).jpg
UiTMSAT-1 in Space
Mission typeTechnology demonstration
OperatorUniversiti Teknologi MARA
COSPAR ID1998-067PD
SATCAT no.43589
Websitebirds2.birds-project.com
Mission duration6-9 months (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type1U CubeSat
ManufacturerUniversiti Teknologi MARA
Launch mass1.11 kg
Dimensions10 × 10 × 10 cm
Start of mission
Launch date29 June 2018, 09:42 UTC
RocketFalcon 9 Full Thrust
Launch siteCape Canaveral, SLC-40
ContractorSpaceX
Deployed fromInternational Space Station
Deployment date10 August 2018
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Perigee altitude398.6 km
Apogee altitude407.2 km
Inclination51.6°
Period92.5 minutes
← Birds-1
 

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 on 29 June 2018 and deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on 10 August 2018.

Background[edit]

Malaysia has had several satellites in orbit, beginning with the MEASAT constellation, first operational in 1996. Their first microsatellite, TiungSAT-1, was launched in 2000.[1]

Development[edit]

Planning for the mission began in December 2016 at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT). 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 Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).[2]

Objectives[edit]

Launch and mission[edit]

Birds-2 in the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer.
Birds-2 satellites deployed from the Kibō module.

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 International Space Station (ISS) and achieved orbit on 10 August 2018.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Satellite Industry Developments" (PDF). Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. 2008. pp. 28–29. ISSN 1985-0522.
  2. ^ a b c Mustafa, Zulita. "UiTMSAT-1 puts Malaysia at the final frontier". New Straits Times. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  3. ^ Panela, Shaira (29 June 2018). "Philippines launches first CubeSat into space". Rappler. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "CubeSat Maya-1 successfully deployed to space". Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  5. ^ Bernama (11 August 2018). "UiTM creates history with launch of satellite into orbit". New Straits Times.