The country’s first cube satellite (CubeSat) , Maya-1, is one of the three CubeSats under the 2nd Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Project or BIRDS-2 Project of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.

One of the missions of the 1-unit (1U) CubeSat is the Store-and-Forward (S&F) System. It will collect data from ground sensor terminals within its footprint, save it, and forward the data to any member ground station.

The 10 cubic centimeter CubeSat also contains an Automatic Packet Radio Service Digipeater, which can communicate with ham radios. Maya-1 will also carry two cameras -- a wide-angle and a narrow-angle lens -- to capture images and minimum resolution videos for research purposes.

Inside Maya-1 is a low-cost Global Positioning System (GPS) commercial off-the-shelf chip, as well as a magnetometer -- a device used to measure the magnetic field in space. Maya-1 can also log data corruption incidents due to space radiation through the Single Event Latch-Up mission.

Maya-1 overview
Cube Satellite (Cubesat)
Active since August 10, 2018
1.11 kg
Technology Demonstration
10cm x 10 cm x 10 cm (Stowed State)
Camera, Automatic Packet Reporting System Message Digipeater (APRS-DP) payload, Global Positioning System (GPS) chip, Anisotropic Magnetoresistance Sensor
29 June 2018 via SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
10 August 2018 via International Space Station
  • Remote Data Collection by Store-and-Forward (S&F) Mechanism (S&F Mission)
  • Image and Video Capture (CAM Mission), GPS Chip Demonstration (GPS Mission)
  • Detection of an Electronics Circuit Anomaly due to Space Radiation (SEL Mission)
  • Magnetic Field Measurement in Space using an Anisotropic Magnetoresistance Sensor (AMR-MM Mission)
Maya-1 timeline
Look at how Maya-1 came to be.