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NEE 01 Pegaso

NEE 01 Pegaso [EXA]

The NEE 01 Pegaso 1U CubeSat is the first satellite of Ecuador.

The satellite will conduct following tasks:

  • Technological demonstration/Education
  • Test of real time video transmission
  • Test of Thermal/Radiation shield
  • Test of multiphase solar array
  • Test of passive antenna deployment
  • Test of carbon nanotubes thermal control system

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.

NEE 01 Pegaso transmitted the first videos from orbit on 16 May 2013. On 22 May 2013, it was hit by a piece of debris from a soviet upper stage. The hit caused the satellite to lose attitude, but it was still transmitting, although signals could not be acquired. The audio signal of NEE 01 Pegaso was received by the sister satellite NEE 02 Krysaor.

Nation: Ecuador
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: EXA (Agencia Espacial Civil Ecuatoriana)
Contractors: EXA (Agencia Espacial Civil Ecuatoriana)
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 629 km × 654 km, 98.07
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NEE 01 Pegaso 2013-018B 26.04.2013 Jq SLS-2 CZ-2D (2) with Gaofen 1, TurkSat-3USat, CubeBug 1

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