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A team of students and faculty members of Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) are now developing a small satellite called MicroSat with an electric propulsion rocket engine, which is installed with radio equipment. The project called PROITERES (PRoject of OIT Electric-Rocket-Engine Onboard Small Space Ship) aims to demonstrate powered-flight technology for an ultra-small satellite and to monitor the Kansai District with a high-resolution camera. PROITERES also aims to reduce development costs and shorten the development period drastically by miniaturizing the satellite and its component parts.

The project will focus on:

  1. Experimental verification of two-way radio signal propagation characteristics using amateur radio-frequency bands.
  2. Communication tests and their feedback aiming at improvement of satellite communication technology by using off-the-shelf consumer goods.
  3. Tracking and communicating with our satellite by amateur earth stations all over the world.
  4. Powered-flight by electric rocket engine.
  5. Monitoring with a high-resolution camera the Kansai District; especially Osaka, around Yodogawa basin.
Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT)
Contractors: Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT)
Configuration: Gravity-gradient stabilized cube
Propulsion: electric propulsion
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 15 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PROITERES 2012-047B 09.09.2012 Sr FLP PSLV-CA with SPOT 6, mRESINS