TuPOD is nanosatellite built by Gauss Srl. to deploy two TubeSats class picosatellites after being deployed from the ISS.
TuPOD will integrate the two satellites inside a 3U CubeSat structure designed to allow the coupling between TubeSat and JSSOD launch mechanism on the ISS. The TuPOD will release the two satellites after three days, in accordance with NASA safety requirements. After the tubesat deployment, TuPOD will perform its own mission transmitting a Morse code beacon for a few days and some weeks later it will re-enter the atmosphere, disintegrating. From a technical point of view the satellite represents an innovation since its structure has been completely 3D printed.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|
|TuPOD||1998-067KY||09.12.2016||Ta YLP-2||H-2B-304||with HTV 6, EDT, Lemur-2 18, ..., 21, TechEdSat 5, EGG, AOBA-VELOX 3, STARS C, FREEDOM, ITF 2, Waseda-SAT 3, OSNSAT, Tancredo 1|