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The 1U CubeSat KNACKSAT (KMUTNB Academic Challenge of Knowledge SATellite) is the first entirely Thai-built satellite.

The 1.3 kg satellite is developed and entirely built by an university team of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Thailand. The satellite uses amateur radio frequencies for the communication between the satellite station and the ground station.

The main missions of KNACKSAT include:

  • developing a communication system using amateur radio frequencies,
  • taking images from space,
  • testing 3-axis attitude control algorithms by using magnetic torquers,
  • verifying a deorbit technology by a magnetic torque and
  • confirming the uses of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components in space.

Also the educational objective is to enhance the knowledge and experience of the students in satellite design and construction.

The satellite was launched on Spaceflight Industry's SSO-A multi-satellite launch on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket.

Nation: Thailand
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB)
Contractors: King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
KNACKSAT 2018-099BA ? 03.12.2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, STPSat 5, FalconSat 6, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, eXCITe, SeeMe, ICEYE X2, BlackSky 2, ESEO, Hawk A, B, C, Capella 1, AISTECHSAT 2, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ITASAT 1, Landmapper-BC 4, ORS 7A, 7B, Al-Farabi 2, Astrocast 0.1, Audacy 0, BRIO, Centauri 1, Eaglet 1, Enoch, Flock-3s 1, 2, 3, K2SAT, KazSciSat 1, MinXSS 2, Orbital Reflector, RAAF M1, SeaHawk 1, SNUSAT 2, THEA, VESTA, PW-Sat 2, SNUGLITE, VisionCube, RANGE A, B, Elysium-Star 2, ExseedSat 1, Fox 1C, Irvine 02, JY1-Sat, MOVE 2, SpaceBEE 5, 6, 7, Suomi-100, WeissSat 1, Sirion Pathfinder 2, OrbWeaver 1, 2, SPAWAR-CAL O, OR, R


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