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Chasqui 1

Chasqui 1 [UNI]

Chasqui 1 is a Peruvian nanosatellite built by the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería del Perú in cooperation with the Russian Southwest State University (SWSU), Kursk.

The 1 kg satellite is built to the 1U-CubeSat form factor, but due to its deployment mode by manual launch during a spacewalk lacking the typical guiderails. It is powered by fixed solar cells on each side to charge their batteries. The payload consists of each a camera operating in the visible and infra-red spectrum.

It was launched in February 2014 on board of the Progress-M 22M cargo craft to the ISS to be hand deployed during a spacewalk on 18 August 2014. Although the satellite was successfully deployed in orbit, no signals were received.

Nation: Peru, Russia
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería del Perú, SWSU
Contractors: Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería del Perú (UNI), SWSU
Equipment: 2 cameras
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 412 km × 419 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Chasqui 1 1998-067ET 05.02.2014 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with Progress-M 22M

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