18 Июль 2022
The first Moldovan satellite, which was built by students of the Technical University of Moldova (TUM) with the support of the Japanese Aerospace Research Agency JAXA (JAXA), was launched into space on July 15.
"Today at 03:44 (Moscow time), the TUMnanoSAT satellite designed by TUM was launched into space, which was delivered on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station," the university said in a statement on Friday. It is expected that the spacecraft will be launched into orbit using a manipulator from the Japanese Kibo module.
The Moldovan satellite is a cube with a face of 10 cm. It is equipped with sensors of various types for orientation in space, communication and power systems based on solar panels. The weight of the device is just over 1 kg. With its help, Moldovan students will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of various systems, conduct their own research.
The project is implemented on the basis of the cooperation program of the Japanese agency with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).