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Lawkanat 1, 2

Lawkanat 1 [NASA]

Lawkanat 1 is the Myanmar's first satellite designed and built by Japan’s Hokkaido University and Tohoku University in a joint project with Myanmar’s government-funded Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU). The satellite is designed to provide real-time images for disaster risk management and other applications. Reportedly it is similar to the Phillipine Diwata 1 satellite also built by Hokkaido University. The name of the satellite is not yet known.

The $15 million satellite is the first of a set of two 50 kg microsatellites equipped with cameras designed to monitor agriculture and fisheries.

The satellite was launched on board of Cygnus CRS-15 on an Antares-230+ rocket to be delivered to the ISS, from where it is to be deployed via the JEM airlock. Following the military coup in Myanmar, its deployment has been delayed, while Japan’s space agency and Hokkaido University decide what to do with it. On 22 March 2021, it was deployed

Nation: Myanmar
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU)
Contractors: Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 50 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Lawkanat 1 (MMSATS 1) 1998-067SJ 20.02.2021 WI LC-0A Antares-230+ with Cygnus CRS-15, Gunsmoke-J 2, ?, ?, IT-SPINS, TAU-SAT 1, MYSAT 2, STARS-EC, OPUSAT 2, RSP 01, WARP 01, TUMnanoSAT, MAYA 2, Guaranisat 1, Tsuru, ThinSat 2A, ..., 2I
Lawkanat 2 - 202x with ?
Further Diwata missions: