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NJUST 1 (QB50 CN03)


NJUST 1 is a 2U-CubeSat for technology development and upper atmosphere science. It is developed and built at Nanjin University of Science and Technology (NJUST).

NJUST-1 carries one standardized sensor for multi-point, in-situ, long-duration measurements of key parameters and constituents in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere and ionosphere for the QB50 project. NJUST are also preparing to participate in GAMANET, which is an ambitious experiment aiming to create the largest network ever in space. NJUST-1 CubeSat will use the network resources to exchange data, either to receive commands from ground or to send telemetry to its ground station, even when it is not directly in range of its ground station.

It is a part of the QB50 constellation to gather science data in the upper layers of the troposphere in the altitude range from 350 km down to 200 km. 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.

It carries the FIPEX (Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment) of TU Dresden as the primary payload for the QB50 project, which is able to distinguish and measure the time-resolved behaviour of atomic and molecular oxygen as a key parameter of the lower thermosphere.

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 NJUST 1 is about 3 months, from deployment to de-orbit.

Nation: China
Type / Application: Technology, atmosphere
Operator: Nanjin University of Science and Technology (NJUST)
Contractors: Nanjin University of Science and Technology (NJUST)
Equipment: INMS, GAMALink
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 398 km × 408 km, 51.65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NJUST 1 (QB50 CN03, QB50 BE03) 1998-067MB 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, LilacSat 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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