TUMnanoSAT (Technical University of Moldova Nano-Satellite) is Moldova's first satellite. It is an educational 1U CubeSat developed at the Technical University of Moldova (TUM).
TUMnanoSAT has the purpose to provide hands-on practical training to the students participating in the project. Scientific and research objectives include testing the CubeSat sensors, as well as the communication link for the CubeSat. With a small on-board camera, the CubeSat will aim to capture Earth images as a step forward for Moldova toward eventually developing its own Earth observation satellite.
TUMnanoSAT was selected by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to be launched under the KiboCUBE program.
The satellite was to be launched on board of Cygnus CRS-15 on an Antares-230+ rocket to be delivered to the ISS, from where it was to be deployed via the JEM airlock. It has eventually been launched on board of Dragon CRS-25 on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Technical University of Moldova (TUM)|
|Contractors:||Technical University of Moldova (TUM)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.64° (typically)|
|TUMnanoSAT||1998-067UD||15.07.2022||CCK LC-39A||Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)||with Dragon CRS-25, EMIT, BeaverCube, CLICK A, D3, JAGSAT 1, CapSat 1, FUTABA, HSU-SAT 1|