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KySat 1

KySat 1 [Kentucky Space]

KySat-1, the first satellite ever built in Kentucky, is a cube shaped picosat-class CubeSat satellite powered by solar energy, weighs 1 kg and measures 10 cm on a side.

Once KySat's on-board computers would have confirmed its release into orbit, Kentucky Space ground controllers in Kentucky would have operated the satellite for the duration of its expected 18-24 month mission. After proper operation was confirmed, KySat-1 was to be made available to K-12 students throughout Kentucky, and the world, to allow them to issue select commands to the satellite and download the data received.

KySat-2 was built by Kentucky Space, a consortium consisting of University of Kentucky and Morehead State University.

The launch under the ELanA-1 mission on a Taurus-3110 failed on 04.03.2011 when the payload fairing did not separate.

A reflight of an improved version as KySat-2 is planned for 2013.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Kentucky Space
Contractors: Kentucky Space
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
KySat 1 2011-F01 04.03.2011 Va 576E F Taurus-3110 with Glory, E1P, Hermes
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