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THE FIRST GUATEMALAN SATELLITE

IS A STUDENT PROJECT OF THE ENGINEERING SCHOOL AND THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF UVG

Introduction

What is a CubeSat? CubeSats are nanosatellites programmed to developed a specific mission. They have been developed for several years, some as student projects to learn the process that entails the development of aerospace technology.

What is the mission of the first CubeSat that we are developing in UVG? To design, develop, and operate a CubeSat-class satellite to test a multispectral sensor prototype, opening the field of space science & technology in Guatemala, developing the country’s human capital, and enabling the independent acquisition of remote sensing data for natural resource management.

Who participate in the project? Students, professors, engineers and alumni from Mechanical, Mechatronics, Electronics and Computer Science Departments of Universidad del Valle de Guatemala with the support of local and international advisors.

Why a CubeSat? Because it is a way to demonstrate that Guatemalans have the capability to develop technology for the benefit of the country and the scientific community in general.

Phases

     Phase 1 (2014)

  • The project began
  • First design was made
  • A study to define the mission was completed
  • Results of this phase were presented in the 1st Latin America CubeSat Workshop in Brazil
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG

     Phase 2 (2014 – 2015)

  • First iteration of the design was made
  • A camera for remote sensing was included
  • First prototype was built
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG

     Phase 3 (2015 – 2016)

  • First revision by international experts
  • Based on experts feedback the design was modified
  • In Oct-16, the project was announced in a press conference
  • Seguros Universales S.A. became the first sponsor
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG

     Phase 4 (2016 – 2017)

Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG

     Phase 5 (2017 – 2018)

  • In this phase, construction of the satellite started.
  • With Prensa Libre, competitions “Name the first Guatemalan satellite” and “Design the logo of the misión of the first Guatemalan satellite” were carried out. Quetzal-1 was selected as the name of the satellite, name proposed by José Miguel Ortega Yung. Carlos Lorenzana, José Salguero and Johany Cumes were the winners of the second competition.
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG

     Phase 6 (2018 – 2019)

  • Quetzal-1 was finished. Thermo-vacuum and vibration tests were done in laboratories in Edinburgh, Scotland, with support of UK Space Agency and ASTROSAT.
  • The CubeSat was handed-over to JAXA in December 2019 It will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2020.
  • Prensa Libre selected the CubeSat team as the Guatemalan person of the year in December 2019.
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG
Equipo Fase 1 - Cubesat UVG

HELP US TRACK QUETZAL-1

Quetzal-1 is scheduled to be deployed from the Kibo module of the International Space Station on April 28, 2020 at 09:20 hours (GMT-6). About 30 minutes after ejection, it should deploy its antennas and begin beacon transmission. For downlink, Quetzal-1 uses a GOMSpace AX100 transceiver, which will transmit GMSK-modulated data at 4800 bps at 437.200 MHz (as coordinated by IARU).

The spacecraft’s beacon will be sent with a 10 second period. This GitHub repository details both the HDLC + AX.25 structure and the beacon data format. You can send all received data to the following email: satelite@uvg.edu.gt.

TLEs can be found under Quetzal-1 code: NORAD ID 45598.

publications

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

  • Martínez, M., González, D., Rodríguez, D., Birnie, J., Bagur, J.A., Paz, R., Miranda, E., Solórzano, F., Esquit, C., Gallegos, J., Álvarez, E., Ayerdi, V.H., Zea, L. (2018). Guatemala’s Remote Sensing CubeSat – Tools and Approaches to Increase the Probability of Mission Success, 32nd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, Utah, August 4-10, 2018.
  • Ayerdi, V. (2018). Introducing Space Technology and Aerospace Engineering in Guatemala. United Nations Expert Meeting on Human Space Technology. Vienna, December 4-6, 2018.
  • Zea, L., Chaves, A., Ayerdi, V., Carvajal, J. (2018). A Multinational CubeSat for Forest Monitoring, UNOOSA / Brazil Symposium on Basic Space Technology. Natal, September 11-14, 2018.
  • Gómez, M., García, B., Chaves, A., García, D., Carvajal-Godínez,J., Lara,J., Zea, L. (2017). Mechanism of Cooperation for the Development of a Central American Space Project- A Regional CubeSat, 30th IAA Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics. UNOOSA, September 26, 2017.
  • Zea, L., Ayerdi, V., Argueta. S., Muñoz, A. A Methodology for CubeSat Mission Selection”, Journal of Small Satellites, Vol. 5, No. 3 October 2016
  • Molina, J.C., Ayerdi, V., Zea, L. (2016). Attitude Control Model for CubeSats, 2nd Latin American CubeSat Workshop, Florianopolis, Brasil, Febrero 28 – Marzo 2, 2016.
  • Zea, L., Microbiological Experiments Onboard CubeSats A Review and Prospects, IAA-BR-14-13-03, 1st Latin American IAA CubeSat Workshop, Brasilia, Brasil, Diciembre 8-11, 2014
  • Miranda, E., Flores, J., Molina, J.C., Perez, J., Ayerdi, V., Zea, L., Design and Development of Guatemala’s first CubeSat, IAA-BR-14-05-06, 1st Latin American IAA CubeSat Workshop, Brasilia, Brasil, Diciembre 8-11, 2014
  • Zea, L., Ayerdi, V., Argueta, S., Muñoz, A., CubeSat Applications and their Potential Benefits, IAA-BR-14-03-02, 1st Latin American IAA CubeSat Workshop, Brasilia, Brasil, Diciembre 8-11, 2014

GUATE VA AL ESPACIO

Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Personaje del Año2019: Equipo que desarrolla el primer satélite guatemalteco
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Universidad del Valle de Guatemala entrega el primer satélite guatemalteco a Japón
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Preparan baterías para Quetzal-1 
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Exposición fotográfica muestra el desarrollo de Quetzal-1, el primer satélite guatemalteco
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Cómo funciona la estación en Tierra en UVG 
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Estas son las carreras para desarrollar el CubeSat 
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Cómo funciona el cerebro de Quetzal-1 
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Así va el desarrollo del primer satélite del país
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Un año de sueños y retos superados
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Estas organizaciones apoyan desarrollo de Quetzal-1
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Este es el proceso de registro de Quetzal-1
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Expertos japoneses visitan a Quetzal-1
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Ellos son los más jóvenes que construyen Quetzal-1
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Eligen emblema del primer satélite guatemalteco Quetzal-1 en concurso de diseño
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Quetzal-1 regresó de sus primeras pruebas nacional
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | El CanSat impulsó la creación de primer satélite nacional
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Estos guatemaltecos investigan el espacio
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Resumen del trabajo realizado en seis meses
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Conozca dónde se construye Quetzal 1
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Conozca a los catedráticos dedicados al proyecto
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Cómo nos beneficia la ciencia espacial
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Cuáles son las órbitas satelitales
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Conozca qué es y cómo se fabrica la estructura del CubeSat
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Cómo se comunicará el CubeSat
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Todo lo que debe saber sobre la EEI
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | ¿Cuántas piezas contiene el satélite guatemalteco?
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Póngale nombre al primer satélite del país
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Ellas construyen el satélite guatemalteco
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Así será la misión del primer satélite chapín
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | ¿Para qué se usan los satélites pequeños similares al que enviará Guatemala?
Prensa Libre – CubeSat Guatemala | Comienza cuenta regresiva para el lanzamiento del primer satélite de Guatemala

Contact

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
For more information, contact: satelite@uvg.edu.gt