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The ACRUX 1 CubeSat developed by the Melbourne Space Program, a non-profit educational organization affiliated with the University of Melbourne in Australia, also launched on the Electron rocket. Built by engineering students, ACRUX 1’s primary mission is education.

The student engineers who developed the ACRUX 1 CubeSat say they will consider the mission fully successful if they receive a “ping” signal from the spacecraft. The ACRUX 1 team confirmed it received data packets from the CubeSat shortly after Saturday’s launch, verifying that the nanosatellite is alive in orbit.

“Receiving that ping from ACRUX 1 may seem like a modest mission goal, but the truth is far from it,” the team wrote before the launch. “That ping would mean ACRUX 1 has not only turned on in space, but has also communicated data back to us at our ground station in Greater Melbourne. In other words, it demonstrates that the satellite system built by our engineers actually works in space.”

Alternate Names

  • ACRUX1
  • 44369

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-06-29
Launch Vehicle: Electron
Launch Site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Mass: 1 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Australia)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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