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VELOX 1 (VELOX 1-NSAT)

VELOX 1 [NTU]

The VELOX-I mission is a Singaporean nanosatellite mission consisting of two satellites - VELOX-1 and the VELOX P3 subsatellite - to operate in sun synchronous Low Earth’s Orbit (LEO). The project is part of NTU’s Undergraduate Satellite Program, which provides an opportunity for engineering students to participate in a multidisciplinary hands-on space project.

The objective of the mission is to provide hands-on experience on a space project for students and to conduct several technology demonstrations. The mission objectives are:

  • To launch a nanosatellite, which is designed, built, and operated by students from different schools in the College of Engineering, NTU.
  • To acquire images of Earth and transmit them back to ground station using a narrow angle camera with tele-optics to provide high-resolution images of Earth from LEO.
  • To provide technology demonstration of several payloads like a vision system, a dual-FOV sun sensor and a quantum physics payload.
  • To separate into a nanosatellite (N-Sat) and a picosatellite (P-Sat) for intersatellite communication experiment.

VELOX-1 is a 3U CubeSat, which deploys the VELOX P3 (P-Sat) subsatellite in orbit. NSAT features four deployable solar arrays and has a projected life time of 2 years. The payload consists of a imaging system with extended optics for 20 m ground resolution, a quantum physics payload and an intersatellite communications payload. VELOX P3 (P-Sat) will be only deployed at the end of the mission after extensive conjunction analysis to avoid potential collisions with other satellites.

Nation: Singapore
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Contractors: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 2 years
Mass: 4.5 kg (launch with PSAT); 4.25 kg (NSAT only)
Orbit: 641 km × 655 km, 98.25°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VELOX 1 (VELOX 1-NSAT) 2014-034E 30.06.2014 Sr FLP PSLV-CA with SPOT 7, CanX 4, CanX 5, AISat 1, VELOX P3

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