UiTMSAT-1 First Nano-satellite Designed & Assembled by UiTM

A Malaysian public university, UiTM, has made a sky high achievement today by making and launching the first ever nano-satellite into space, the UiTMSAT-1.



UiTMSAT-1 was launched by ferrying in cargo of Space X's Falcon 9 (CRS-15), shoot from Cape Canaveral to International Space Station (ISS) up above, at 5.47PM GMT+8 Malaysia time. Kept in ISS (Japanese KIBO) for a while and released into low earth orbit at 400 km above the clouds, in August 10th, 2018.

Some science about UiTMSAT-1
1. 10 cm cube-shaped.
2. Built by UiTM students Syazana Basyirah M. Zaki and M. Hasif. Azami in Japan.
3. Under a program called Joint Global Multi-Nation (2nd BIRDS-2).
4. A joint venture between UiTM and Kyushu Institute of Technology (KyuTech).
5. Cost to build, RM500,000.
6. Circulating earth at speed 28,000 kph.
7. Passing Malaysia 5-7 times a day.
8. 2 years lifespan, before falling down and gets burn into earth atmosphere.
9. Six missions on board.

UiTMSAT-1 missions
1. 2. Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) Digipeater, enable UiTMSAT-1 to be a base for amateur radio telecommunication and demonstration of cubesat data store-and-forward capacity.
3. Antennas on UiTMSAT-1, ability to collect and transmit data from rural areas to ground stations.
4. Earth Imaging Camera, allows for aerial photography and alternative GPS.
5. Single Event Latch-up Detection, measuring electromagnetic and plasma radiation from the sun.
6. AMR Magnetometer, measure of space electromagnetic field.

Ground Station at FKE UiTM Shah Alam
With UiTMSAT-1 above circulating earth up to 7 times a day, passing Malaysia at only 10 minutes window, UiTM's Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE) is now becoming the UiTM's first 'ground station' with high speed ground-to-space communication technology equipment to catch those data from space. Maybe UiTM will allow tour for everybody to their ground base in the coming days forward.

The cube-shaped UiTMSAT-1.

Play video below, UiTMSAT-1 successfully deployed into the low earth orbit.

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