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is a single CubeSat
A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a volume of exactly one liter , has a mass of no more than 1.33 kilograms, and typically uses commercial off-the-shelf electronics components...
built by the Space Program of the Sergio Arboleda University
Sergio Arboleda University is a Roman Catholic university located in Bogotá, Colombia, with a sectional located in Santa Marta, Colombia.Pedro Carmona former coupster against the government of Hugo_Chávez in Venezuela holds a post as university professor....
in the South American country of Colombia
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia , is a unitary constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments. The country is located in northwestern South America, bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; to the north by the Caribbean Sea; to the...
. It was launched aboard a Dnepr rocket on April 17, 2007 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Baikonur Cosmodrome , also called Tyuratam, is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan, about east of the Aral Sea, north of the Syr Darya river, near Tyuratam railway station, at 90 meters above sea level...
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and became the first Colombian satellite to orbit the Earth. It used a telemetric payload to keep it in communication with the University. It was expected to have a 50 day lifespan, however news reports two years after it was launched stated the satellite was still working and sending information, passing over Colombia twice a day.
- Team Leader : Raúl A. Joya & iván Luna Castro
- C&DH Developer : Andres Alfonso Caro
- COMM & Telemetry Developer : Cesar Fernando Valero Sepulveda
- Attitude Determination : Paul Nuñez
- PCBs : Miguel Ariza