Satellite VZLUSAT-1 si ready to launch


The first Czech technological nanosatelite VZLUSAT-1 was introduced in June at the Ministry of Transport to the professional public and media. Its task is to verify new technologies and aerospace products on Earth orbit. The satellite was developed by VZLU  in cooperation with Czech companies ( RITE, HVP Plasma, 5M, TTS, IST) and universities (CVUT, University of West Bohemia).

VZLUSAT-1 is nanosatelit type 2U CubeSat (20cm x 10cm) with hinged panels . The nanosatelite carries on board the following experiments: a miniaturized X-ray telescope, composite material for radiation shielding, FIPEX to measure the concentration of oxygen in the thermosphere.

The topic of the mission is to verify the aging properties of the new radiation shielding material. It is developed by Czech companies 5M and TTS. This new construction material is composite covered by multilayer metallization. The newly developed material should provide better radiation shielding.

The payload represents demonstration of the novel concept of miniaturized X-ray telescope in-orbit. The telescope consists of wide- field optical system “Lobster Eye”. Optics is based on multi-foil optics for X-ray energies from 3 keV up to 30keV. The optics was developed by Czech company Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe (RITE). Detection is based on pixel sensor Timepix. New concept allows measuring of higher spectrum energies together with optical-electronic compression of data.

Nanosatlite VZLUSAT-1 will be launched during  this autumn into Earth orbit to a height of 475 km in a frame of the international mission QB50 along with 50 other CubeSat nanosatelites.

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The VZLUSAT-1 project is run with financial support of the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic in program Alfa (projects No. TA03011329 and TA04011295) and with support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade through the institutional funding of VZLU.