BugSat 1
Mission typeTechnology demonstration
COSPAR ID2014-033E Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.40014
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass25 kilograms (55 pounds)
Dimensions27.5 by 50 by 50 centimeters (10.8 by 19.7 by 19.7 inches)
Start of mission
Launch date19 June 2014 [1]
Launch siteDombarovsky Air Base, Yasny LC-370/13
ContractorISC Kosmotras
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[2]
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Perigee altitude570.0 kilometers (354.2 miles)
Apogee altitude612.8 kilometers (380.8 miles)
Inclination97.9 °
Period96.4 minutes

BugSat 1 (nickname Tita) is an Argentine microsatellite launched on 19 June 2014. The satellite is built in flattened box shape, optimized for piggy-back launch.[3] All instruments are powered by solar cells mounted on the spacecraft body.[1] The satellite is running the Debian operating system.[4]


BugSat 1 was launched from Dombarovsky Air Base, site 13, Russia, on 19 June 2014 by a Dnepr rocket. Although there has been no official release, amateur radio operators have succeeded in downloading status data from the satellite.[1][5]


The satellite is intended primarily for technology verification in space, mostly of Earth observation telescope. Also, after the end of the primary mission phase, the satellite will serve the amateur radio community by providing a digipeater service.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Krebs, Gunter Dirk (31 May 2016). "BugSat 1 (Tita)". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ "BugSat 1". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ "BugSat-1 gets ready for launch". geoconnexion.com. 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Debian in the Sky, a Flight Log". debconf.org. 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ "BugSat-1". 29 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2016.