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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