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LituanicaSatCustomer in Focus: LituanicaSat
Everyone in Lithuania thought space was unaffordable…and we proved them wrong.
– Laurynas Maciulis, Project Manager

LituanicaSat Overview
A few Lithuanian students had an opportunity in 2012 to intern at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. They didn’t come to America with CubeSats in mind, but after meeting NanoRacks customers while working at NASA, their direction changed. The to-be LituanicaSat team decided they wanted to make first-ever Lithuanian National Space Program by deploying a CubeSat from the International Space Station.

Business Need
The LituanicaSat team had a goal to build and launch the first Lithuanian satellite in order to raise awareness in their country for the future of a space exploration program. In terms of technology, the team wanted to demonstrate the use of a radio transponder in a CubeSat, using only commercial off-the-shelf components. In addition, the team placed a small wide-angle camera in the CubeSat to take a picture of Lithuania from space.

The Solution
LituanicaSat had the opportunity to meet members of the NanoRacks team while in the United States, where they discussed strategy, technical concepts, and manufacturing. When they returned to Lithuania, the LituanicaSat team used crowdfunding and worked with private companies and universities to raise the required funds to send they’re CubeSat to low-Earth orbit. NanoRacks offered an affordable, competitive price for the volunteer-based group, mentored this new team via Skype meetings, and provided a turnkey launch and integration solution to make the dream of a few students into a national achievement.

Benefits from Using NanoRacks
LituanicaSat has been able to show their country that space is not only political, but a spark for new business and economic growth in Lithuania. The low-cost turnkey system that NanoRacks provided laid the foundation for this team to create a small start-up company called NanoAvionics that will further pursue CubeSat development and the commercial space experience. Additionally, since deployment, the LituanicaSat team has garnered full support from the Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaitė.

More details about missions by LituanicaSat:

Amateur Radio

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.

Customer Name: LituanicaSat
Research: Amateur Radio
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 01/2014 – 02/2014
Mission Status: Deployed in LEO
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