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CubeBug 1, 2 (El Capitán Beto, Manolito)

CubeBug 1 [Satellogic]

The CubeBug-1 2U CubeSat, also known as El Capitán Beto, is the first technology demonstration mission for a new cubesat platform design (mechanics, hardware and software) intended to be released as Open Source and Open Hardware for its use in Amateur projects, University projects and research labs. This project is sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, INVAP S.E., Satellogic S.A., and Radio Club Bariloche.

As payload on this first mission, some custom designed components for the BugSat earth observation satellites will be tested: an ARM based on-board computer, a nano-reaction wheel with its driver circuit and a low resolution camera, all based on COTS components.

After the technology demonstration part of the mission is over, the satellite will enter a mode that will include services to the Amateur radio community, including a Digipeater and science data downloads from the payload.

The satellite was originally planned to be launched piggy-back on a Dnepr rocket, but was moved due to delays to a Chinese CZ-2D (2) launch in 2013.

A second satellite called CubeBug-1 or Manolito was launched in November 2013 on a Dnepr cluster launch. This one received after reaching orbit the additional designation LO 74 or LUSAT-OSCAR 74.

Nation: Argentina
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Satellogic S.A.
Contractors: Satellogic S.A.
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CubeBug 1 (El Capitán Beto) 2013-018D 26.04.2013 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2D (2) with GF 1, TurkSat-3USat, NEE 01 Pegaso
CubeBug 2 (Manolito, LO 74, OSCAR 74) 2013-066AA 21.11.2013 Do LC-370/13 Dnepr with DubaiSat 2, STSAT 3, WNISAT 1, SkySat 1, BRITE-PL, AprizeSat 7, AprizeSat 8, UniSat 5, Delfi-n3Xt, Dove 3, Dove 4, Triton 1, CINEMA 2, CINEMA 3, OPTOS, GOMX 1, NEE 02 Krysaor, FUNcube 1, HiNCube, ZACUBE 1, ICube 1, HumSat-D, PUCP-SAT 1, First-MOVE, UWE 3, VELOX-P 2, Pocket-PUCP, QubeScout S1, Wren, $50SAT, BPA 3