The FSpace team (leaded by XV9AA), having already achieved the successful launch of the F-1 cubesat, has now reached a new milestone. They have entirely succeeded in building, launching, tracking and recovering an high-altitude balloon using several Amateur Radio technologies like APRS.
This is a rare event in Vietnam for several reasons, including the fact that civilian aviation regulations are not as developed as in western countries. This open the way for more experiments and will help the country to gain skills and experiences in aircraft and space technologies.
As facts, the balloon reached an altitude of about 70.000ft (more than 21 km), flew for more than 2 hours over 200 km. The two way trips to recover it by motorbike took longer…
The 5 cubesats onboard ISS have been released as expected on October 4th after the delayed related to ATV-3 undocking. On this picture you can see 3 of them including F-1 just after they left the Kibo module being pulled away from the airlock by the japanese robotic arm.
The japanese space agencies have confirmed the vietnamese cubesat F-1 and its companions will be deployed on September 27th 2012. This will be the first deployment of 5 cubesats from Kibo module and it will serve as a test to further simple and inexpensive launches from the ISS via the japanese HTV cargo. F-1 lifetime in space before re-entry is forecasted to be 250 days. Good luck!
According to JAXA news, 5 CubeSats currently onboard the ISS, including F-1, are scheduled to be deployed into space on Monday, 10 September, at 13h00 UTC. Actual time may vary depends on ISS activities.
Thanks XV9AA for the information.
Here is a great learning program footage recorder by VTC-2 about the F-1 cubesat project. Great pictures and truly didactic content (in Vietnamese). You will see XV9AA as the project leader explaining how works the sat to the journalist.
Video VTC-2 learning channel FSpace F-1
The H-IIB has successfully launched the HTV-3 vehicle. The encounter with the ISS is planned for july 27th. F-1 cubesat will be started and put into orbit later in september, no exact date given yet. More details about F-1 in Viêt-Nam here. On JAXA website more pictures and videos.
The first vietnamese cubesat has been integrated to the HTV-3 vehicle and then to its H-II launcher. It will be soon ready for launch. More details and pictures here on the FSpace blog.
THu XV9AA also published a nice footage of VTV news giving many details about the projects.
F-1 cubesat on the TV news