MakerSat1 Satellite

Satellite name MakerSat1 (MakerSat-1)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Reentry 2022-10-29. Was operational (Smallsat 2020) However, 2019-071N re-entered 2023-05-31.
Launched 2019-12-05
NORAD ID 45123?
Deployer Slingshot / Equalizer [SEOPS]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-19)
Deployment Deployed from Cygnus on 2020-02-01
Organisation Northwest Nazarene University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by NearSpace Launch
Launch brokerer SEOPS
Partners Made in Space

Printed, assembled, charged, tested, and deployed from the ISS.


Printed, assembled, charged, tested, and deployed from the ISS. Uses a simple snap together design that can be completed in approximately five minutes, without the use of any adhesive or freefloating fasteners or tools. MakerSat 1’s 1U frame structure was was specifically designed to be 3D-printed on the AMF and then quickly snapped-together aboard the ISS.

The three MakerSat-1 science boards contain repeats of the MakerSat-0 CHS radiation and NNU polymer experiments, as well as a new sponsoring corporate experiment.


It is the first satellite specifically designed to be 3D printed and easily snap-assembled in microgravity. Its structural frame was 3D printed on the ISS AMF printer in August 2017.
Unfortunately in our case, we were not permitted to proceed with planned orbital assembly of MakerSat-1, due to the process of manual CubeSat deployer loading on station being disallowed by NASA’s Safety Panel.
In late 2019, MakerSat-1 was loaded in a SEOPS Hypergiant Slingshot deployer and then launched to the ISS aboard SpaceX CRS-19 Dragon on Dec. 5, 2019.
On Jan. 31, 2020, this deployer was mounted on the hatchdoor of the Cygnus NG-12 spacecraft, unberthed from ISS, and raised to a 300 mile high orbit.
In the four months following deployment, MakerSat-1 has been carrying out research on the durability of 3D printed polymer samples in the orbital space environment. The results of this science data are reported here.

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