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Phoenix (QB50 TW01)

Phoenix [NCKU]

Phoenix is a 2U-CubeSat for upper atmosphere science and technology demonstration, built by a team of students of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU).

It is a part of the QB50 constellation. The QB50 project, which will demonstrate the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world as a primary payload on a low-cost launch vehicle to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

Phoenix carries three mission payloads:

  • An Ion-Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS). It is a standard payload of QB50 for upper atmosphere science.
  • Thermistors
  • Solar EUV sensors

The satellite was launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where the satellite was deployed on 17 May 2017. The in-orbit lifetime of LilacSat-1 is about 3 months, from deployment to de-orbit.

Nation: Taiwan (Republic of China)
Type / Application: Education, amateur radio communication, technology
Operator: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)
Contractors: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)
Equipment: INMS, Thermistors, Solar EUV sensors
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 402 km × 403 km, 51.63
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Phoenix (QB50 TW01) 1998-067LP 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, SHARC, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33

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