1..TRS Picosatellite Mk1 -
Tetrahedral Research Satellite (TRS).The world's first picosatellite and would be the forerunners of the much more capable
picosatellites of today. First launch on September 17, 1962.
The first Philippine microsatellite and the first satellite built and designed by Filipinos.
launched to the International Space
Station (ISS) in March 23, 2016, and was deployed into orbit from the ISS in April 27, 2016.
ARTSAT1: Invader (INteractive satellite for Art and Design Experimental Research),
the world's first art satellite, launched on February 28, 2014.
The first Estonian satellite and first satellite in the world to attempt to use an
electric solar wind sail (E-sail), launched on 7 May 2013.
5..FITSat-1 (nickname: Niwaka) -
Demonstrated a high-speed transmission
module for a small satellite and a visible light communication experiment using high power
LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) between the satellite and the ground. launched from the ISS on October 4, 2012.
The first spacecraft to have a primary mission of educational
outreach to schools and the smallest ever satellite to carry a linear transponder for radio amateurs.
Launched on Nov 21st 2013.
NASA's first fully automated, self-contained biological spaceflight experiment on a
satellite of its size. Knowledge gained from GeneSat-1 would help scientists
understand how spaceflight affects the human body. GeneSat-1's onboard micro-laboratory includes sensors and
optical systems that can detect proteins that are the products of specific genetic activity.
Developed by the "Hokkaido Cube Sat Development Team" which is a group of university staff and general
engineers who are interested in satellite development in Hokkaido Japan. Launched On September 23, 2006.
Measures cloud ice levels using a radiometer, is the first small satellite
project managed by Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility.
Pakistan's first Cubesat satellite was launched on November 21, 2013.
11..Nayif-1 (FUNcube-5) -
First ever CubeSat designed and manufactured by Emirati engineers.
It was launched along with 103 other small satellites, a record for a single launch
on February 15, 2017.
12..NEE-01 Pegaso -
Ecuador's first satellite, launched on April 25, 2013.
The satellite carries many advanced technologies which by themselves are firsts for this kind of spacecrafts: It will
become the first nanosatellite able to transmit live video from space, is the first of its kind in being equipped with a
multilayer shield composed by polymers and alloys that allows the spacecraft to withstand solar flares and other space
hazards, it is the first to have a thermal stabilization system based in carbon nanotubes, it has the world's most thin solar
panels, measuring only 1.5 millimeters thick, made of 99.98%
pure titanium and it's the first in its class to have multiple
deployable solar panels, also it has the biggest power matrix
ever carried by a 1U cubesat with 28.8 amperes of total
installed capacity in a volume of only 200 cubic centimeters.
13..O/OREOS (Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresse)-
NASA's first cubesat to demonstrate the capability to have two distinct, completely independent
science experiments on an autonomous satellite. It follows the footsteps of GeneSat-1.
Launched on November 19, 2010.
Overall objective is earthquake signature detection.
It was part of the first multiple launch CubeSat mission, involving some 6 Cubesats as secondary payloads,
and a primary commercial payload, took place June 30, 2003.
15..RAX-2 (Radio Aurora Explorer 2) -
The primary mission objective of RAX-2 is to study large plasma formations
in the ionosphere, the highest region of our atmosphere.
RAX-2 successfully made the first-ever measurement of naturally occurring
auroral turbulence recorded using a nanosatellite radar receiver.
Launched October 28, 2011.
16..STRaND-1 (the Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) -
The world's first smartphone in Space and also be the first UK CubeSat to be launched.
At the heart of STRaND-1 is a Google Nexus One smartphone with an Android operating system.
It is also flying a 3D printed part, believed to be the first to fly in space.
Launched on Feb 25, 2013.
The first satellite launched for Iraq on June 19, 2014.
The first satellite in history built by high school students to be launched into orbit
from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 19th, 2013.
The culmination of 7 years of work by more than 50 students.
19..MinXss (Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer) -
was the first launched NASA Science Mission
Directorate CubeSat with a science mission.
MinXSS launched on 2015 December 6 to the International Space Station.
Its mission is to measure the solar soft X-ray spectrum from about 0.5 keV (25 A)
to 30 keV (0.4 A) with ~0.15 keV FWHM spectral resolution. This part of the solarelectromagnetic
spectrum is where the largest enhancement from solar flares is expected to occur.
It also has an important impact on Earth ionospheric chemistry.
The first micro-satellite made in Greece and is also the first satellite that its mechanical designs, software, and the vast
majority of its components are freely available under open hardware and open software licenses,
making it to be the first completely open source satellite ever launched.
UPSat sports an embedded Linux board (DART-4460) running a
modified version of the OpenWRT operating system
The satellite was launched to the ISS on April 18, 2017.
A PocketQube is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that usually has a
size of 5 cm cubed, has a mass of no more than 180 grams, and typically uses commercial
off-the-shelf components for its electronics.Invented by
Professor Robert J. Twiggs (Morehead State University) in 2009 with the intention was
for a satellite which could fit in your pocket, hence the name PocketQube.
The first 4 PocketQube Satellites in history were launched on 21 November 2013 onboard their
mothership Unisat-5.They were The Wren, T-Logoqube (Eagle-1), $50Sat (eagle2) and Qubescout-S1.
NOTE:The download file contains all 4 pocketqubes listed.
The fifth microsatellite of the UniSat program of the University of Rome.
UniSat-5 carried four CubeSats: PUCP-Sat-1 (Peru), ICUBE-1 (Pakistan), HUMSAT-D (Spain), Dove-4 (USA);
and four PocketQubes: $50Sat (USA), T-Logoqube (USA), WREN (Germany), QubeScout-S1 (USA).
The following facts reveal the significance of this event:
First launch of Cubesats and PocketQubes from another nanosatellite,
First launch of PocketQubes ever,
First Peruvian satellites, PUCP-Sat-1 and PocketPUCP-Sat (that will be released from PUCP-Sat-1),
First test of Pulsed Plasma Thruster on a picosatellite (WREN by Sta.do.Ko).
23..PhoneSat 2.5 -
fifth in the series of PhoneSat nanosatellite technology demonstration missions developed by NASA Ames
Research Center, launched into space on April 18, 2014 aboard the Space
Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The PhoneSats feature smartphones running the Android operating system and build the centerpiece of the 1-unit
Cubesats. The main purpose of the phones is to control all critical functions of the satellite, determine its attitude with
the phone's sensors, store data, provide acceleration data and take images of Earth with the 5-Megapixel camera of the