Vietnam CubeSat PicoDragon

PicoDragon CubeSat - Image credit VNSC

PicoDragon CubeSat – Image credit VNSC

PicoDragon is a 1U CubeSat project intended to take low resolution Earth images and to test on-board systems.

It is planning to use two amateur radio downlinks and frequencies for these have been coordinated by the IARU. The 100mW CW beacon will be on 437.250 MHz and a 1k2 bps AFSK 800mW AX.25 telemetry downlink on 437.365 MHz. Commands will be uplinked on VHF.

The Vietnam National Satellite Center VNSC say that Pico-satellite Dragon is expected to launch in mid-2013 on a Japanese rocket.

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Five new CubeSats hope for 2013 launch

PicoDragon Vibration Testing - Image Credit VNSC

Vibration testing of the Vietnamese PicoDragon CubeSat – Image Credit VNSC

Five new CubeSats being developed in Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States are hoping to fly during 2013.

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Radio amateurs asked to help track and decode the F-1 CubeSat

FSpace Team Phạm Quang Hưng, Đinh Quốc Trí, Khánh Has, Thu Trong Vu XV9AA, Hong Thai Pham, Dao Thang picture taken by Nguyễn Trần Hoàng

The F-1 CubeSat, callsign XV1VN, developed by the FSpace team of young engineers and students at the FPT University, deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, October 4 at 15:44 UT. A Google English newspaper report with pictures of the F-1 team’s attempts to receive the satellite after deployment can be seen at F-1 Keps (1998-067CP) are at

On Sunday, October 7 Thu Trong Vu XV9AA provided this update:

So far the team has received several mixed reports about F-1 status, there is no definite conclusion yet. We will continue to collect information and analyze the situation, this afternoon we will hold a team meeting to discuss different situations that may happen with the little satellite up there. Please continue to help us listening for F-1 on 437.485 in daylight and 145.980 in the dark, thank you!

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Amateur Radio CubeSat F-1 on TV

This video is about the amateur radio F-1 CubeSat that is due to be deployed from the International Space Station in September by Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI using the ISS Kibo robot arm.

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F-1 CubeSat Delivered to Tsukuba Space Center

CubeSats ready for HTV-3 Launch – Image Credit Koumei Shibata

The amateur radio CubeSat F-1 built by students at the FPT University in Hanoi, Vietnam has now been delivered to the Tsukuba Space Center in Japan.

F-1 CubeSat – Image Credit Koumei Shibata

F-1 and the other four CubeSats  (RAIKO, WE WISH, FITSAT-1 and TechEdSat) will be integrated with the small satellite deployer J-SSOD before leaving for Tanegashima launch pad.

The CubeSats should be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 21 in the HTV-3 cargo vessel.  It is planned that they will be deployed from the ISS in September by Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI using the Kibo robot arm.

F-1 carries a low-resolution camera (640×480), a 3-axis magnetometer and two Yaesu VX-3R transceivers using 145.980 and 437.485 MHz.

See the story on the FPT University website

Further pictures of the CubeSats by Koumei Shibata can be seen at

An NHK TV News video showing the CubeSats shows the LED’s on FITSAT-1 that will be used to flash Morse Code from space. See

For the latest news on F-1 see the FSpace website

Video depicting F-1 CubeSat XV1VN deployment from the ISS

Vietnam Student CubeSat F-1

Vietnam Student CubeSat F-1

Vietnamese students have produced a video about their amateur radio CubeSat F-1, callsign XV1VN.

The F-1 is an educational CubeSat to be launched in the summer of 2012. It will carry a low resolution C328 camera with 640×480 resolution and two Yaesu VX-3R transceivers using 145.980 and 437.485 MHz.

–Frequency: 437.485MHz, FM Narrow
–Power supply: directly from solar cells, only operates in sunlight
–Output power: max 0.3W, half-wave dipole antenna
–Modulation scheme: Morse code beacon (10 chars) using PWM CW
–Beacon interval: every 30 seconds (configurable)

–Frequency: 145.980MHz , FM Narrow
–Power supply: rechargeable battery, operates in the dark by default but can be commanded to operate in sunlight as well
–Output power: max 1.0W, half-wave dipole antenna
–Modulation scheme: AFSK 1200bps, half duplex
–Telemetry interval: one AX.25 packet every 30 seconds (configurable)

Watch F-1 picosatellite project – FSpace laboratory

F-1 CubeSat Blog on Facebook

Gunter’s Space Page lists F-1 on the HTV-3 launch to the ISS on July 18, 2012.

Send your name/callsign and a message into space on the F-1 CubeSat!

Vietnam F-1 CubeSat on Facebook

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