Rincon 1
Rincon 1
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Rincon 1 was a CubeSat built by the Student Satellite Program of the University of Arizona. The primary payload was furnished by Rincon Research, hence the name. Rincon 1 was the product of the work of about 50 students, ranging from college freshmen to Ph.D. students, over the course of several years. It was launched, after being postponed several times, on board a Dnepr on July 26, 2006, but the rocket failed and the satellite was destroyed.


If the launch had been successful, persons on the ground would have needed this information to be able to hear the beacons from the satellite.

  1. The keplerian elements, in order to know where the satellite is pointed.
  2. A radio capable of operating on 436.870 MHz, which will change with doppler shifting. There is also a beacon operating on 437.345 MHz. It is a very weak signal.
  3. A 1200 baud AFSK modem, preferably a very low-end, that does no modulation on its own. Cubesat Groundstation uses a custom-built hardware modem, and possibly a software modem (using the sound card as an Analog-to-Digital converter).
  4. The Cubesat GS software would help, however, it is not currently available to the public.
  5. A good antenna system, the design of the antennas is not optimal.


Rincon 1 had the following components included:


These specifications are without respect to the payload.

Current status

Rincon 1 was launched with UA's satellite, SACRED on a Dnepr rocket on July 26, 2006 at 19:43 UTC. The launch failed shortly after takeoff.

See also