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KNACKSAT

KNACKSAT [KMUTNB]

The 1U CubeSat KNACKSAT (KMUTNB Academic Challenge of Knowledge SATellite) is the first entirely Thai-built satellite.

The 1.3 kg satellite is developed and entirely built by an university team of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Thailand. The satellite uses amateur radio frequencies for the communication between the satellite station and the ground station.

The main missions of KNACKSAT include:

  • developing a communication system using amateur radio frequencies,
  • taking images from space,
  • testing 3-axis attitude control algorithms by using magnetic torquers,
  • verifying a deorbit technology by a magnetic torque and
  • confirming the uses of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components in space.

Also the educational objective is to enhance the knowledge and experience of the students in satellite design and construction.

The satellite will be on-board Spaceflight’s dedicated rideshare mission “SSO-A” aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket in 2018.

Nation: Thailand
Type / Application: Technology
Operator:
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1kg
Orbit: SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
KNACKSAT - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, ICEYE 1, BlackSky Global 1, BlackSky Global 2, BlackSky Global 3, BlackSky Global 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, HawkEye Pathfinder 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 3, Fox 1C, Elysium-Star 2, ?

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