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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 will be launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where they will be deployed. 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: 400 km × 400 km, 51
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Phoenix (QB50 TW01) TBD 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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