Vietnam International Satellite Center
Pico Dragon, the Made-in-Vietnam micro satellite, was shipped to the International Space Station to prepare for a mission in space. Accordingly, the micro satellite, together with three other micro satellites of the United States, was carried by Japan’s Kounotori 4 (HTV-4) cargo spacecraft. Picosat was deployed from ISS on the 19 Nov 2013, 12:18 UTC.
The two-stage H-2B rocket carrying the HTV-4 ship lifted off on the 03 Aug 2013, at 19:48 UTC, initiating a five-day journey to the International Space Station. Vietnam’s Pico Dragon is programmed to capture images of the earth, collect space environment data and test communication systems, said the report quoting sources from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. The 10x10x11.35 centimeter cube weighting nearly one kilogram is the first of its kind developed by young Vietnamese engineers and researchers of the National Satellite Center, an affiliate of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.
437.250 MHz CW, 100 mW
437.365 MHz 1k2 AFSK, AX.25, 800mW
decayed 28 Feb 2014, 12:30 UTC
NORAD 39413 COSPAR designator 1998-067-DB Inclination 51.627 RA of A. Node 329.582 Eccentricity 0.0008635 Argument of Perigee 124.078 Revs per day 15.85561748 Period 1h 30m 49s (90.82 min) Semi-major axis 6 693 km Perigee x Apogee 309 x 321 km BStar (drag term) 0.002341100 1/ER Mean anomaly 343.366