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Also called Nanosat 1A


Designation 28493 / 04049B
Launch date 18 Dec 2004
Country of origin Spain
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 657/666 km
Inclination 98.1°
Period 98 min
Launch vehicle Ariane V165

Will demonstrate the feasibility of applying scaled-down components and sensors in mini satellites.

Technical data

sat-index articles


Prime contractor INTA
Mass at launch 20 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension hexagonal-based prism totally covered by solar panels
approx 50 cm
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Nanosat carries 4 experiments.

The first experiment involves delayed-time communications between distant scientific stations such as Antarctica and INTA located in Madrid. The maximum time between the downloading of the data and its restitution will be on the order of 12 hours.

Nanosat will be equipped with experimental solar and magnetic nanosensors. They are based on a new concept by which nanotechnology techniques are used with new materials.

The fourth experiment involves using optical communications with infrared light between some pieces of equipment on the satellite.

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