F-1 (satellite)

F-1 was a Vietnamese satellite with CubeSat architecture, which was built at the FPT University, Hanoi.


The F- 1 project was to test the task to promote the training of engineers and students of aviation and space technology, and an advanced three-axis magnetometer, which was developed at the Ångström Space Technology Center ( ASTC ) at the University of Uppsala. In addition, a low-resolution camera was (640 × 480 pixels at 8- bit color depth) on board. The satellite should send under the amateur radio callsign XV1VN a AX25 beacon on 145.980 MHz in the 2- meter band.

A prototype of the F- 1 satellite was first constructed as a 2- unit Cubesat (20 × 10 × 10 cm), however, was the actual satellite to half the size as a 1- unit Cubesat (10 × 10 × 10 cm ) is reduced be.

It was originally planned as a payload on the privately developed by the Inter Orbital Systems Neptune Rocket F-1. Since this rocket so far not available, the FPT University arranged the start about the company Nano racks, which is responsible for the transportation of the satellite to the International Space Station ISS and the exposure from there into space.

F-1 was launched on July 21, 2012 in the HTV -3 in Tanegashima Space Center and brought to the ISS. From there it was on October 4, 2012 along with the four other CubeSats RAIKO, WE WISH FITSAT -1 and TechEdSat released into space.

After exposure to space no signals of F-1 could be received. F-1 occurred on 10 May 2013 in the Earth's atmosphere and burned up one.

Prototype as 2U Cubesat

F-1 in the thermal test

Logo of the F- 1 mission