26 April 2013

This Nanosatellite is a Argentine development funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and carried on by Satellogic Inc. in collaboration with INVAP, under the spatial strategic development through public-private cooperation. The launch took place at 1:15 pm. on Friday 26 from the Jiuquan Space Center in China through a rocket LONGMARCH 2.

The “Captain Beto”, whose technical name is CubeBug-1, is a satellite of 2 kg of weight, conceived, designed and manufactured locally. Both software and hardware are of open platform and will be available to universities and research institutes. It is the first of a new nanosatellite platform “made in Argentina” for educational and scientific purposes, and will help to demonstrate the operation of this technology in orbit.

Satellite NEE-01 Pegaso from Ecuador was also launched at the same time. Pegaso is the first in the history of that country, which makes them the first two Latin American nano satellites.

CubeBug-1 is funded partially by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation through an investment of $ 6.3 million, covering designs, ground qualification and flight of satellites, helping the development of local suppliers of components and equipment that enable academic or institutional users the manufacturing and use of satellites for scientific experimentation, images, communications and technology demonstrations purposes.