Aoba-Velox-III Satellite

Satellite Aoba-Velox-III (VELOX-III)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Reentry 2018-11-01. Was operational (Last DK3WN report 2018-08-24).
Launched 2016-12-09
NORAD ID 41935
Deployer J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher H-IIB (H2B)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2017-01-16
Organization Kyushu Institute of Technology
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Country Japan
Launch brokerer JAXA
Partners Nanyang Technological University

Demonstrate pulsed plasma thruster and internal Bluetooth communication.


Technology demonstration of PPT (Pulsed Plasma Thruster). In addition, one sub-mission consists in performing communication test using Bluetooth inside the satellite. The second sub-mission consists in testing microcomputer resistance to radiations.

For the PPT mission, the solid fuel collected in the capacitor is ionized and thrust is generated from Lorentz force. By measuring satellite’s angular speed, thrust performance from PPT can be evaluated. This satellite therefore aims at demonstrating the possibility of using small thruster in space.

Through the mission success, utilization of such device on-board future CubeSat could be considered to extend their orbital lifetime. Moreover, in addition to the CW and HK data, AOBA-VELOXIII will also send a special message and award will be sent to the amateur radio station that receives downlink report of AOBA-VELOXIII. From this, mapping of downlink reception of AOBA-VELOXIII data could be performed.

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Keywords Propulsion
On the same launch

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