LituanicaSAT-1 is the first Lithuanian satellite mission. The primary mission objective is to provide university students and young engineers knowledge & real hands-on experience in satellite engineering.
Lithuanian satellite mission helps develop infrastructure and know-how in space technology by interdisciplinary interaction between academia and industry in Lithuania.
LituanicaSAT-1 is a cube measuring 10x10x10 cm. It was carrying locally manufactured primary and secondary flight computers which control the payload consisting of an onboard VGA photo camera and FM Mode V/U Voice Repeater, designed and built by Lithuanian radio-amateurs.
The Satellite’s external solar panels were specially built and donated by Lithuanian based R&D company „Precizika-MET SC“. One of the mission secondary goals is also to test under space environment different micro-controller designs and MEMS sensors that are integrated into on-board computers.
This mission is specially dedicated to honor the 80th Anniversary of the flight across the Atlantic by Lithuanian-American pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas. Therefore the satellite bears the name of the original aircraft used during this historic flight – “Lituanica”.
LituanicaSAT-1 is one of the two first Lithuanian satellites, and the first to transmit a Lithuanian message from space-a salutation from the Lithuanian president to all Lithuanians around the world.
The 1U CubeSat carries technology that conducts experiments such as FM voice repeater operation, taking pictures of Earth, and testing various controllers and sensors in microgravity.
The data collected asseses satellite health, attitude, and operational modes. It carries an FM transponder (uplink 145.950 MHz/downlink 435.180 MHz) and an AX.25 packet transponder (uplink 145.850 MHz/downlink 437.550 MHz). The CW beacon is on 437.275 MHz. The CubeSat was launched along with the second Cygnus spacecraft and 28 Flock-1 CubeSats aboard an Antares 120 carrier rocket flying from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island to the International Space Station.
The nanosatellite NanoRacks-LituanicaSAT-1 is a cube, with its sides 10 centimeters long, complying with the standard CubeSat design specifications. Four communication antennas are attached to the body of the satellite.
The total mass of the body including the equipment within it is 1,090 kg. The satellite uses low cost open-source software and hardware for primary and secondary flight computers that control the payload consisting of an onboard VGA camera and FM Mode V/U Voice Repeater.
Transfer of multiple NRCDs from the launch vehicle to the JEM. Visual inspection for damage to the NRCDs. Installation of the NRCDs on the Multi-purpose Experiment Platform. Transfer to external via JEM airlock. Operation of JEM Remote Manipulating System (RMS) – grapple and position for deployment. Deployment of the NanoRacks CubeSats via NRCD operations.