Bogor – BRIN Public Relations. After going through a long process of design and testing, Surya Satellite-1 (SS-1) is finally 100 percent complete and ready to be launched into orbit. The launch to the International Space Station (ISS) is to be carried out by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in Quarter 3 or Quarter 4 2022. The satellite will be launched by one of three space cargo options, namely SpaceX Dragon, Cygnus, or H-II Transfer Vehicle ( HTV).

“The launch of the satellite from the ISS into orbit is approximately 1 month after arriving at the ISS,” said an SS-1 team member, Steven, when contacted by BRIN Public Relations, Tuesday, (22/03).

The SS-1 project was initiated by Surya University students, who received assistance in the form of coaching and guidance from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), through the Aviation and Space Research Organization, at the Satellite Technology Research Center. They are M. Zulfa Dhiya ulfaq, Suhandinata, Hery Steven Mindarno, Setra Yoman Prahyang, Afiq Herdika Sulistya, and Roberto Gunawan.

According to the SS-1 Team, they are currently preparing a safety document report to be submitted to the launcher.

“Upon approval by the launcher, the satellite can be handed over to JAXA for inspection and integration with the launcher,” said Steven.

The SS-1 team has also conducted a Satellite Fit Check Test with JAXA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) at BRIN’s Satellite Technology Research Center. This test was carried out to ensure that the size of the satellite matches the size of the Japanese Experiment Module Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD) on the ISS. In addition, Satellite Fit Check Test is also useful to ensure there is no mechanical interference.

“The test lasted about 15 minutes, and the result was that Surya Satellite-1 had passed the test. After this there will be a Sharp-Edge Test to make sure there are no sharp edges on the outside of the satellite that could potentially injure astronauts,” said Steven.

“The SS-1 has also passed various other tests such as Functional Test, Vacuum Test, Thermal Test, Vibration Test, Battery Test, and Payload and Communication Test,” he explained.

Steven explained that SS-1 is a nano satellite or cubesat. Its mission is the Automatic Packet Reporting System which functions as a communication medium via satellite in the form of short text. This technology can be developed for disaster mitigation, remote monitoring, and emergency communications.

The SS-1 project started in 2016, starting with a Workshop Ground Station with the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization (ORARI). The satellite model mockup was completed in 2018 with an amateur communication mission.

On the same occasion, acting Head of BRIN’s Satellite Technology Research Center, Wahyudi Hasbi, said that the development of SS-1 research is a collaboration of various domestic parties. In addition to support from ORARI, there is also involvement of private parties such as PT. Pudak Scientific and PT. Pacific Satellite Archipelago. Meanwhile, the government involves the Ministry of Communication and Information.

“This satellite development has also resulted in several international publications, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), student apprenticeships, including use of IPR, the results of BRIN’s Satellite Technology Research Center,” he concluded. (dv/ ed: tnt)