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SpaceTuna 1

SpaceTuna 1 [Kindai University]

SpaceTuna 1 SpaceTuna1 is a CubeSat (1U) developed by Japan’s Kindai University students to run an experiment to investigate the performance of retroreflective materials in space by using the satellite.

For this research project, retroreflective material is mounted on the CubeSat, and the reflection characteristics are observed by irradiating a laser from the ground. The CubeSat is also equipped with blue LEDs so that it can be observed from a telescope on the ground. The mission period is a half a year.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: Kindai University
Contractors: Kindai University
Equipment: LEDs
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: ~ 6 months
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SpaceTuna 1 1998-067UL 07.11.2022 WI LC-0A Antares-230+ with Cygnus CRS-18, Taka, PearlAfricaSat 1, ZimSat 1

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