Image: INPE/SERPENS Project
Image: INPE/SERPENS Project

Brazil’s SERPENS CubeSat, launched aboard the HTV-5 cargo spacecraft and deployed from the International Space Station in September 2015, re-entered on March 27, 2016 after six months in orbit.

NORAD ID: 40897
Origin: Brazil
Type: 3U CubeSat
Mass: ~4kg
Inclination: 51.6°
Launched: August 19, 2015 – 11:50 UTC
Launch Vehicle: H-IIB
Launch Site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

Released from ISS:  September 17, 2015

Re-Entry Prediction: March 27, 2016 – 7:53 UTC +/-9 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Atlantic Ocean

SERPENS (Sistema Espacial para Realização de Pesquisa e Experimentos com Nanossatélites) is a student-built 3-Unit CubeSat developed by a consortium of Brazilian Universities in a project involving over 100 students to gain experience in the development, manufacture and operation of a space mission. The 3U satellite consists of two sectors developed separately.

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Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron