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FITSat 1 (Niwaka)

FITSat 1 [FIT]

FITSat 1 (or Niwaka) is a 1U-Cubesat built by Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT).

The mission is to demonstrate a high-speed transmission module for a small satellite and a visible light communication experiment by high power LEDs.

FITSat 1 was launched on board of HTV 3 to the International Space Station, from where it was deployed on October 4th 2012. It reentered the Earth's atmosphere on 4 July 2013.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Contractors: Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Equipment: LED communications payload
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 402 km × 422 km, 51.65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
FITSat 1 (Niwaka) 1998-067CP 21.07.2012 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 3 (Kounotori 3), SCaN-Testbed, Raiko, WE WISH, F 1, TechEdSat 1