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FREEDOM [Nakashimada]

FREEDOM (deployed) [Nakashimada]

FREEDOM is a 1U Cubesat developed by and to demonstrate a deployable deorbit device.

FREEDOM is developed jointly by Nakashimada Engineering Works and Tohoku University, which is responsible for the main structure, power supply, satellite control and thermal control.

The satellite will deploy the DOM1500 device, which will form a 1 m by 1.5 m membrane to increase the aerodynamic resistance to accelerate the decay from orbit.

Also on board will be a GPS receiver for position determination and an Iridium modem for communication.

The satellite was launched on board of HTV 6 on an H-2B-304 rocket to be delivered to the ISS, from where it was deployed on 16 January 2017.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Nakashimada Engineering Works, Tohoku University
Contractors: Nakashimada Engineering Works, Tohoku University
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 395 km × 405 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
FREEDOM 1998-067KS 09.12.2016 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 6, EDT, Lemur-2 18, ..., 21, TechEdSat 5, EGG, TuPOD, AOBA-VELOX 3, STARS C, ITF 2, Waseda-SAT 3, OSNSAT, Tancredo 1


  • Nakashimada Engineering Works: FREEDOM (jap.), 26 September 2014

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