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HumSat-D [Universidade de Vigo]

The HumSat project is an international educational initiative for building a constellation of nanosatellites providing worldwide communication capabilities to areas without infrastructure. The overall objective of the HumSat constellation is to provide messaging services through small user terminals on the basis of the store-and-forward concept. The project is open for international collaboration with organizations developing nanosatellites. The HumSat project is endorsed by the UN Program on Space Applications called BSTI (Basic Space Technology Initiative) which was started in 2009.

HumSat-D is a standard CubeSat of 10 cm side length and a mass of 1 kg designed and developed at the University of Vigo (UVigo), Spain. HumSat-D is the first (hence, a demonstrator) satellite of the future HumSat constellation.

  • The main mission is educational: to provide a hands-on experience to the students in the complete process of developing a space mission.
  • The other goal is to demonstrate the validity of the concept of HumSat. A new subsystem called HUMPL to collect data from sensors located in the ground segment, store on-board and transmit it to ground stations will be developed and validated in orbit.

HumSat-D spacecraft is based on the XaTcobeo cubesat and is built on Pumpkin's 1U CubeSat kit. It has no attitude control or propulsion.

The satellite will be deployed from the Italian UniSat 5 satellite after launch on a Dnepr booster.

Nation: Spain
Type / Application: Technology, communications
Operator: Universidade de Vigo
Contractors: Universidade de Vigo
Equipment: HUMPL
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 596 km × 639 km, 97.80
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
HumSat-D 2013-066T 21.11.2013 Do LC-370/13 Dnepr with DubaiSat 2, STSAT 3, WNISAT 1, SkySat 1, BRITE-PL, AprizeSat 7, AprizeSat 8, UniSat 5, Delfi-n3Xt, Dove 3, Dove 4, Triton 1, CINEMA 2, CINEMA 3, OPTOS, CubeBug 2, GOMX 1, NEE 02 Krysaor, FUNcube 1, HiNCube, ZACUBE 1, ICUBE 1, PUCP-SAT 1, First-MOVE, UWE 3, VELOX P2, Pocket-PUCP, BeakerSat 1, QubeScout S1, $50SAT, Wren, BPA 3

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