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3Cat 1

3Cat 1 [UPC]

3Cat 1 is a 1U CubeSat developed at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) to perform multiple technological experiments.

The satellite is based on the cubesat standard and it carries multiple scientific payloads/experiments to test different technologies under hostile space conditions.

The list of payloads include:

  • a Geiger counter to measure space radiation,
  • a graphene transistor,
  • a wireless power transfer system,
  • MEMS (microelectromechanical systems),
  • experimental solar panels,
  • a Peltier cell,
  • a camera.

Various measurements will be taken for the different payloads to track their behavior in space and the results will be transmitted to earth in a regular basis.

The launch into a 575 km high orbit was planned for 2014, but has been delayed to 2017.

Nation: Spain
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC)
Contractors: Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC))
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
3Cat 1 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?

References:

Further 3Cat missions: