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APSS 1 (QuakeTEC, Te Waka Āmiorangi o Aotearoa)


APSS 1 or QuakeTEC, also named Te Waka Āmiorangi o Aotearoa, is an 1U CubeSat developed by the University of Auckland's APSS (Auckland Programme for Space Systems) to test, if ionospheric disturbances can be used to predict earth quakes.

The QuakeTEC satellite carries a Langmuir probe and will measure the electron density in the ionosphere to determine the feasibility of detecting earthquakes in advance. The students will be using their satellites to investigate a debated theory, that seismic activity in the earth’s crust creates signatures in the ionosphere, a region of the atmosphere between 60 to a thousand kilometers above the earth’s surface.

The satellite was launched in late 2020 (delayed from late 2018) by an Electron KS (R) rocket.

Nation: New Zealand
Type / Application: Science, ionosphere
Operator: QuakeTEC, APSS
Contractors: APSS
Equipment: Langmuir probe
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 1 year
Mass: 1.33 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
APSS 1 (QuakeTEC, Te Waka Āmiorangi o Aotearoa) 2020-085D 20.11.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS (R) with Dragracer A, Dragracer B, BRO 2, BRO 3, Mandrake 1, SpaceBEE 22, ..., 39, SpaceBEENZ 1, ..., 6, Gnome Chompski


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