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PicoDragon [VNSC]

The PicoDragon cubesat is a pico-satellite developed by the Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC).

PicoDragon is a 1U CubeSat project intended to take low resolution Earth images and to test on-board systems.

It is planning to use two amateur radio downlinks and frequencies for these have been coordinated by the IARU. The 100 mW CW beacon will be on 437.250 MHz and a 1k2 bps AFSK 800 mW AX.25 telemetry downlink on 437.365 MHz. Commands will be uplinked on VHF.

It was launched on board of HTV 4 to the International Space Station, from where it was deployed.

Nation: Vietnam
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: VNSC
Contractors: VNSC
Equipment: Camera
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 410 km × 414 km, 51.65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PicoDragon 1998-067DB 03.08.2013 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 4 (Kounotori 4), STP-H4, TechEdSat 3, ArduSat X, ArduSat 1


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