Politech.1 is a 3U CubeSat built by students at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) to perform technology experiments.
The payload consists of an earth observation payload with a geodetic camera to take pictures and a directive C-band communications antenna for downlinking these images. To acomplish this, the cubesat carries attitude and orbit control systems. Additional payloads are an optical fiber sensing system for temperature monitoring and a NASA experiment called WINCS, to monitor the solar wind and its effect on the ionosphere.
The expected life of the Politech.1 satellite is two years, taking into account that most of the components are not specifically radiation-hardened. Power is provided by body mounted solar cells. Politech.1 carries two deployable dipole antennas, one in UHF band for downlink and other in VHF band for uplink, the tube of the telescope for an EO camera accommodating the secondary mirror, and the dual C-band patch antenna for high data rate downlink.
Politech.1 is one of the educational CubeSats chosen for Phase 1 of ESA's ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ initiative.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)|
|Contractors:||Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|