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UNSW-EC0 (QB50 AU02)

UNSW-EC0 [UNSW]

UNSW-EC0 is an Australian 2U-CubeSat designed by Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of New South Wales participating in the QB50 project.

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.

It carries the INMS (Ion/Neutral Mass Spectrometer), which measures the mass of ions and neutral atoms, as the primary payload for the QB50 project.

The satellite also carries four non-QB50 Payloads:

  • the Namuru GPS Board
  • the seL4bit SBC seL4 microkernel board to carry out critical functions (ADC)
  • the RUSH FPGA, a radiation tolerant FPGA SBC to provide user defined downtime in case of SEU, capable of “no loss of service”
  • RAMSES, a 3D printed Satellite Structure using Selective Laser Sintering of high temperature thermoplastic

The satellite was launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where the satellite was deployed on 25 May 2017.

Nation: Australia
Type / Application: Technology, thermospheric research
Operator: University of New South Wales
Contractors: University of New South Wales
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: ~ 6 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 397 km × 408 km, 51.64°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
UNSW-EC0 (QB50 AU02) 1998-067MA 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, 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, Phoenix, 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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