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Japanese CubeSat successful in studying optical communication techniques for satelites

FITSAT-1, the small Japanese cubesat that has been going around the Earth since the October 2012, has finally accomplished its task of examining various optical communication techniques for satellites. Weighing less than three pounds, the satellite spotted from the ground with the use of its power light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The FITSAT-1 was engineered by the Fukuoka Institute of Technology and was subsequently taken to the International Space Station in July 2012 aboard the H-2 Transfer Vehicle-3 of Japan. On October, it was launched from the ISS, along with two other cubesats via the Small Satellite Orbital Deployer attached to the robotic arm of the Japanese Kibo module.

The satellite includes a neodymium magnet which forces the spacecraft to point to magnetic north at all times, just like a compass. The next flashing schedule is on February 9th at 09:25:00 for the west coast of the U.S.

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