Pico Dragon

Vietnam International Satellite Center
Pico Dragon

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.

NASA-Catalog: 39413


437.250 MHz CW, 100 mW


437.365 MHz 1k2 AFSK, AX.25, 800mW




decayed 28 Feb 2014, 12:30 UTC

Orbital Parameter

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


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