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LilacSat 1 (Zidingxiang 1, QB50 CN02, LO 90, LilacSat-OSCAR 90)

LilacSat 1 [HIT]

LilacSat 1 is a 2U-CubeSat for education, upper atmosphere science, amateur radio communication and technology demonstration, built by a team of students of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).

It is a part of the QB50 constellation. The QB50 project, which demonstrates the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

LilacSat 1 carries three mission payloads:

  • An Ion-Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS). It is a standard payload of QB50 for upper atmosphere science.
  • A V/U APRS digipeater. It is open for amateur use. It supports both real-time repeating and store-forward mode.
  • A thermal infrared camera. It is open for amateur use. Any licensed radio amateur can send a telecommand to take an image and download the data.

The satellite was launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where the satellite was deployed on 25 May 2017. The in-orbit lifetime of LilacSat-1 is about 3 months, from deployment to de-orbit.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Education, amateur radio communication, technology
Operator: Harbin Institute of Technology, CAMSAT
Contractors: Harbin Institute of Technology
Equipment: INMS, V/U APRS digipeater, thermal infrared camera
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 402 km × 403 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
LilacSat 1 (Zidingxiang 1, QB50 CN02, QB50 BE02, LO 90, LilacSat-OSCAR 90) 1998-067ME 18.04.2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, SHARC, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33


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