Spacecraft name PearlAfricaSat-1 (BIRDS-5)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Reentry 2023-05-16. No signal? (Unable to find confirmed successful signal reception reports as of 2022-12-20)
Launched 2022-11-07
NORAD ID 54535
Deployer J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Antares (NG-18)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-02
Organisation Kyushu Institute of Technology
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation (HQ) Uganda
Nation (AIT) Japan
Manufacturer AIVT by Kyushu Institute of Technology
Launch brokerer JAXA

Educational and amateur radio mission.


Build Uganda and Zimbabwe’s first satellite while improving the standardized bus system for future missions, giving continuity to the satellite development of Japan and previous missions from BIRDS-1,2,3 and 4.

Primary Objective(s) 

  • To design, build, test, launch and operate Uganda and Zimbabwe’s first satellite.
  • To demonstrate the multispectral camera and DLP feasibility on 1U CubeSat.
  • To give continuity to three missions; attitude visualisation, Imaging classification Mission (IMG-CLS) and Store & Forward (SF- WARD).
  • To demonstrate Particle Instrument for Nano-satellite(PINO).
  • To serve the Amateur radio community with APRS-Digipeater mission (APRS-DP).

Secondary Objective(s) 

  • To give continuity to 2U structure for further projects.
  • To demonstrate on-board image processing and classification.
  • To demonstrate mounting of three Raspberry Pi on a 1U CubeSat.

Uganda will make use of the microgravity (the weightless environment) provided by the satellite to carry out advanced 3D biological human tissue printing. Additionally, the team in space will carry out investigations on how microgravity impacts ovary function.

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Keywords Open-source

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