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Aoxiang 1 (QB50 CN04)

Aoxiang 1 [NPU]

AoXiang 1 is a 2U-CubeSat designed and built at the Shaanxi Engineering Laboratory (SELM), Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU).

AoXiang-1 will have science payload for lower thermosphere detection, three axis MagneTorQuers (MTQ), three axis reaction wheels, On Board Computer (OBC), communication system, Electrical Power System (EPS) and etc. The main mission of AoXiang-1 is for lower thermosphere research.

It will carry a Science Unit (SU) named INMS (Ion/Neutral Mass Spectrometer) for sampling of low mass ionized and neutral particles in lower thermosphere, such as O, O2, and N2. The second mission is focusing on the methods of improving the reliability of CubeSat that is based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTs) components.

The satellite was launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where the satellite was deployed on 26 May 2017. The in-orbit lifetime of LilacSat-1 is about 3 months, from deployment to de-orbit.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Education, amateur radio communication, technology
Operator: Shaanxi Engineering Laboratory (SELM), Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)
Contractors: Shaanxi Engineering Laboratory (SELM), Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)
Equipment: INMS
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 397 km × 408 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Aoxiang 1 (QB50 CN04, QB50 BE04) 1998-067MQ 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, SHARC, Biarri-Point, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33

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