Spacecraft OPTIMAL-1
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2023-08-22. Was operational (Official news on 2023-02-03 last checked 2023-04-22)
Launched 2022-11-26
NORAD ID 55183
Deployer J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-26)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2023-01-06
Entity name ArkEdge Space
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Headquarters Japan
Manufacturer AIVT by ArkEdge Space
Operator ArkEdge Space
Launch brokerer Space BD

Demonstrate CubeSat platform, nano-propulsion system, and camera.


OPTIMAL-1 will improve and demonstrate the functions of the 3U general-purpose bus, which was demonstrated in orbit in 2018, and the main mission is to demonstrate technologies such as (1) a nano-propulsion system, (2) an onboard deep learning board, (3) a nano-hyperspectral camera, (4) a store-and-forward LoRa communications. It is expected to contribute to forest management, agriculture, disaster prevention, logistics, and communications around the world.

We have been working on the development of the nano-satellite OPTIMAL-1 under the theme of "Demonstration project of nano-propulsion system, communication device, and on-orbit advanced information processing technology by TRICOM satellite", which was selected for the subsidy for the industrial technology practical application development project (R&D project for space industry technology information infrastructure improvement) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) since 2019.

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Keywords Propulsion
Space photos OPTIMAL-1


Last modified: 2023-10-21

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