TechEdSat was successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today. It is the first satellite to be soft-stowed in the ISS and later integrated in the JEMRMS. The system launched TechEdSat at a velocity of 5 cm/sec and at an angle of 45 degrees relative to the ISS, down and retrograde.
TechEdSat is a NASA Ames Research Center 1U CubeSat built by San Jose State University (SJSU) students in partnership with ÅAC Microtec. Its mission is to evaluate Space Plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) designed in Sweden by ÅAC Microtec, and to perform a communications experiment utilizing the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone network. Ames and SJSU students used STK to create their deployment plans for JAXA, ensuring their deployment vector and clearance cone would be consistent with a safe ISS deployment. TechEdSat was launched to the International Space Station aboard HTV-3 on 20 July 2012.
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