An 1U cubesat similar to the AESP-14 satellite.
Mission typeIonospheric research
SATCAT no.40389
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass1 kilogram (2.2 lb)
Dimensions10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm
(3.9 in × 3.9 in × 3.9 in)
Start of mission
Launch date10 January 2015, 09:47:10 (2015-01-10UTC09:47:10Z) UTC
RocketFalcon 9 v1.1
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
Deployed fromJapanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
Deployment date5 February 2015
Entered service5 February 2015, 12:50 (2015-02-05UTC12:50Z) UTC
End of mission
Decay date11 May 2015 (2015-05-12)

AESP-14 is a Brazilian 1U Cubesat developed by multiple Brazilian institutions. It was launched on 10 January 2015 aboard the SpaceX CRS-5 mission on a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. It was the first Brazilian Cubesat ever launched into space.[1]

On 5 February, the satellite was deployed from the International Space Station using the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer,[2] but an unknown malfunction caused it to be unable to transmit any data back to Earth.[citation needed] The satellite reentered the atmosphere on 11 May 2015.[3]


Launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying CRS-5
Launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying CRS-5

The launch of the CRS-5 mission, as well as AESP-14, was postponed three times from 16 December 2014 to 10 January 2015.[4] The launch successfully occurred on 10 January 2015.[5]


The first nanosatellite developed and built entirely in Brazil, after a month in orbit, was declared by the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) on March 4, 2015, to be inoperative due to a failure in the opening system of a transmission antenna.

The AESP-14, launched from the International Space Station on February 5 of the same year, should have started up its antenna 30 minutes after launch, a necessary procedure for sending data to Earth. The equipment, however, did not work. Technicians from the ITA, responsible for the operation, tried several methods to reverse the antenna problem, without success, until the battery of the nanosatellite ended, 15 days after entering orbit.

See also


  1. ^ "AESP-14 CubeSat released from International Space Station". Spaceflight 101. 5 February 2015. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Brazilian AESP-14 CubeSat was deployed from Kibo". JAXA. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Re-Entry May 2015 - AESP-14". Spaceflight 101. Retrieved 17 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Heiney, Anna (7 January 2015). "Next SpaceX Launch Attempt Saturday, Jan. 10". NASA. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ Graham, William (10 January 2015). "CRS-5 Dragon successfully launched – Core ASDS landing attempted". NASA Spaceflight. Retrieved 15 January 2015.