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Satellite LitSat-1successfully controlled from Kaunas

BC, Vilnius, 07.03.2014.Print version
The satellite LitSat-1 of the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is already successfully controlled form the Earth. On Tuesday, the satellite radio station of KTU established a two-way connection with LitSat-1 for the first time, informs LETA/ELTA.

As reported, the function of obeying the commands sent from the Earth was considered to be the most difficult task of the mission.


"We can say that this is more than half of the success of the mission," said KTU professor Dariuis Gailius.


Head of Lithuanian Space Association Vidmantas Tomkus said that the successful satellite GPS receiver experiment was to interest cube satellite manufacturers all over the world as there is a strong need to commercialise CubeSat technologies.


"As far as we are aware, satellite navigation system experiments on cube satellites were conducted only a few times, and not all of them were successful. When a satellite is moving in space at 8 km/s speed it is not an easy task to determine its location by GPS," says Tomkus.


"Cube satellite technology aims to make satellite launching cheaper so as space ventures were affordable for wider range of companies, including universities and private organisations. The cube satellites could be used for exact monitoring of earth, for wireless connection. GPS receivers could be used to help correct the trajectory of a satellite when they are moving in a group," says Tomkus.


The GPS receiver of LitSat-1 sends information about the height of the satellite's trajectory and about its speed. These parameters allow KTU researchers to research the flight, to determine the position of the satellite with respect to the Earth, and to prepare themselves to the next missions in space. The most recent updates on the technical data of the mission can be found on


The team of LitSat-1 creators has one more important task ahead of them. Soon the linear transponder of the satellite which will broadcast three words of Lithuanian nation -Lithuania loves freedom - into space will be tested.


The words are expected to be broadcasted from the space before 11 March, the Day of Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.

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