Name TuPOD
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2017-09-08. Was operational until 2017-01-24 by design, batteries were drained.
Launched 2016-12-09
NORAD ID 41936
Deployer J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher H-IIB (H2B)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2017-01-16
Organization GAUSS
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Nation Italy
Launch brokerer JAXA
Partners Tetonsys, Morehead State University?

Deploy 2 TubeSats and Morse code transmissions.


In orbit deployment of the first TubeSats: Tancredi I from Brazil and OSNSAT from US. After the TubeSat release, the TuPOD will perform its own mission transmitting a Morse code beacon for a few days and some weeks later it will re-enter the atmosphere, disintegrating. From a technical point of view the satellite represents an innovation since its structure has been completely 3D printed.

Failure cause Batteries were drained and no solar panels to recharge.
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