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SATEX 1 was an attempt to develop and launch Mexico's first indigenuosly developed satellie.

The SATEX project started by the Instituto Mexicano de Comunicaciones in 1993 as a technology transfer project, when Mexico ordered the Solidaridad 1 and 2 from Hughes. After suffering slow progress and issues with the participating institutions, it was restarrted in 1999 now under the lead of CICESE in collaboration with the Instituto Politécnico Nacional and University of Mexico (UNAM).

SATEX was to feature a cube-shaped structure of 50 cm base length and a launch weight of about 50 kg. It was to feature an laser communication system called SOP (SATEX Optical Payload), which was to be used for communications to the ground stattion using wavelength of 530 and 830 nm.

The program was cancelled in 2002 without finishing or launching the satellite.

Nation: Mexico
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: CICESE, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, University of Mexico (UNAM)
Contractors: CICESE, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, University of Mexico (UNAM)
Equipment: SOP
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~50 kg
Orbit: 780 km (planned)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SATEX 1 - cancelled with ?


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