About NARSSCube Nanosatellite Program
NARSSCube program is a project started in July 2017, funded by Academy of scientific research in Egypt (ASRT). The project total fund is 13 million EGP (around 800 K USD) distributed among eleven partners, including universities, research entities, and industry.
The objective of the program is to build three Nanosatellites: NARSSCube-1 (1 U Cubesat), NARSSCube-2 (1 U Cubesat) and NARSSCube-3 (3 U Cubesat); based on indigenous Egyptian capabilities. Recently, the program extended with NARSSCube-SX, a 2 U cubesat with Experimental S-band transceiver.
The global objective of the program is to demonstrate, in orbit, the capabilities of NARSS team to develop satellite subsystems.
⦁ The satellite “NARSScube-2” has been built totally by Egyptian team, except the solar panels “provided by Gomspace”; satellite is launched by Falcon-9 Space-X CRS-18 at 25 July 2019. It has been released to orbit at 7 August 2019 and still orbiting the earth.
⦁ 7-8-2019: First Beacon has been received at Ghana @ 11 PM CLT
⦁ 7-8-2019: another confirmation of satellite operation has been received from Japan- Kyutech Ground station
⦁ 9-8-2019: Cairo ground control station is now controlling the satellite. (commands are received with response from satellite)
⦁ 10-8-2019: satellite ADCS system is now in standby mode.
⦁ 11-8-2019: frequency shift calibration process started.
⦁ The satellite “NARSScube-1” will be launched at September 2019 by Japanese Rocket H-2B JAXA; expected for release by October 2019. NARSSCube-1 has more power storage capabilities and higher ground imaging resolution.
⦁ NARSSCube -3 is 3 U cubesat with more advanced imaging and processing capabilities, it is expected for deployment in orbit by Q3 2020 Updated August 2019.