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TechEdSat 3P

COSPAR ID: 1998-067DD


TechEdSat 3P was a 3U (30 x 10 x 10 cm) CubeSat built by students from San Jose State University and the University of Idaho in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center. The spacecraft was conveyed to the International Space Station (ISS) by the Japanese HTV 4 spacecraft along with other materials. TechEdSat 3P was a technology demonstation mission.

TechEdSat 3P was deployed from the Japanese Experiment Modeule (JEM, or "Kibo") utilizing the Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) and the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) on 20 November 2013 at 07:58 UTC.

It was the first 3U CubeSat deployed from the ISS and was intended to demonstrate two new technologies: a passive deorbiting system that uses a uniquely designed drag device (Exo-Brake) to perform a rapid de-orbit and re-entry; and the use of an Iridium modem combined with a GPS receiver to communicate accurate positional and de-orbit information. The hope is that these will be combined to provide controlled sample return capability from the ISS or other orbiting platforms.

The satellite decayed from orbit on 16 January 2014.

Alternate Names

  • 39415
  • 1998-067DD
  • TechEdSat3P

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-08-03
Launch Vehicle: H-2B
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown United States


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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



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