Launched into space back on 29 August this year, Binar-1, the brain child of the Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC) at Curtin University, has now left the International Space Station and entered low earth orbit.
The CubeSat was entirely coded and built by staff and students from the SSTC, and is also the first WA spacecraft launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS).
SSTC Director, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Phil Bland said another six WA-made CubeSats were scheduled for launch over the next 18 months.
On 7 October, the spacecraft left the Japanese module of the International Space Station.
Entering low-earth orbit from the tiny airlock of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo on the ISS, WA’s first homegrown spacecraft will soon begin testing critical systems, collect data, and take photographs from 400 kilometres above the earth.
Professor Bland also said that contacting the satellite and testing will “… set us up to achieve our aim of sending six more satellites into space over the next 18 months, and our ultimate goal of taking WA to the Moon by 2025.”
Can you hear it?
Binar Program Manager, Ben Hartig said Binar-1 was built to communicate using Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio signals.
Following collaboration with amateurs around the world, and local school groups, many will be able to tune in when the spacecraft passes overhead.
The spacecraft also has two cameras on board, which will take images of WA’s coastline.
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