Re-Entry: Tancredo-1

Photo: GAUSS

The Brazilian Tancredo-1 PicoSatellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on October 18, 2017 after a free-flying mission of ten months, launching aboard the Tu-POD 3U CubeSat operated by Gauss Srl.  and deployed from the International Space Station in January 2017 with deployment of the TubeSat three days after release.

The Brazilian ‘Tancredo 1’ is the first satellite of the Ubatubasat Project that aims to engage elementary school students in science and technology. The 0.75-Kilogram satellite is based on a commercial kit from Interorbital Systems (IOS), California which was modified with support from INPE engineers. The satellite carries a voice recorder that will transmit a message chosen in a contest among students involved in the project. An amateur radio operating in the VHF/UHF bands is aboard the satellite to allow downlink of telemetry data and commanding to be sent from the ground.

NORAD ID: 41931
Object: Tancredo-1
Type: TubeSat
Origin: Brazil

Launch: Aboard HTV-6 Cargo Spacecraft
Launch Date: December 9, 2016 – 13:26:47 UTC
Launch Vehicle: H-IIB
Launch Site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

Released from ISS: January 16, 2017 – 10:50 UTC
TubeSat Release: January 19, 2017 – ~23:30 UTC
Inclination: 51.6°

Re-Entry Prediction: October 18, 2017 – 02:27 UTC +/- 28 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown

Re-Entry Orbit
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron