GREENCUBE
Mission information
Name
GREENCUBE
Alternate Names
IO-117
Satellite ID
KGEF-8685-2681-9687-2264
NORAD ID
53106
Website
https://www.s5lab.space/
Operator
ESA - European Space Agency
Country of Origin

Italy

Status
Satellite alive
Operational

Satellite is in orbit and operational

Image
GREENCUBE
Description

An ESA mission is exploring the potential of space farming that could help food supply for future manned space missions. The prototype has been developed by ENEA, a biotechnology Italian laboratory, as part of its mission of transferring the results of scientific research to industry and public administrations with a sustainable economic development approach.

The micro-garden measures 30 x 10 x 10 cm and it is based on a closed-cycle hydroponic system guaranteeing a complete 20-day testing growth cycle of micro-vegetables, adequately selected from those best suited to withstand extreme extra-terrestrial conditions. Placed in a pressurized and confined environment, the micro-vegetable garden GREENCUBE, equipped with an integrated hi-tech sensor system for controlling environmental parameters, growth and health of plants, is designed to transmit to Earth, in complete autonomy, all the information acquired. It is mainly inspected about the responses of plants to extreme conditions.

The satellite carrying the garden is constituted by two main parts: one unit dedicated for an effective garden, plants, nutrients and sensors; while the other one will be occupied by the spacecraft management and control platforms necessary to the mission operative in-orbit. This satellite enables new data acquisition about the possibility of literally farming in space. This study could represent the basis for future possible development of much bigger cultivation at zero gravity supporting human explorations with a green touch. For example it could represent a turning point for deep space human future missions, like Mars exploration programs, in this case an own food production could mean a significant saving in mission stocks. An indirect possible goal of such a mission is the study of the possible advantages of a space farming and vegetable species answer to such a new environment.

Mode U TLM 4k8 GMSK
Type
Transmitter
Downlink Mode
FSK AX.100 Mode 5
Downlink Frequency
435310000
Baud
4800
IARU Coordination
IARU Coordinated
ITU Notifications
ITU Notified [Link 1]
Mode U TLM 1k2 GMSK
Type
Transmitter
Service
Amateur
Downlink Mode
FSK AX.100 Mode 5
Downlink Frequency
435310000
Baud
1200
IARU Coordination
IARU Coordinated
ITU Notifications
ITU Notified [Link 1]
Mode U - FSK 300 AX.100
Type
Transmitter
Service
Amateur
Downlink Mode
FSK AX.100 Mode 5
Downlink Frequency
435310000
Baud
300
IARU Coordination
IARU Coordinated
Mode U PKT 1k2 GMSK
Type
Transceiver
Service
Amateur
Downlink Mode
FSK AX.100 Mode 5
Downlink Frequency
435310000
Baud
1200
Uplink Mode
FSK AX.100 Mode 5
Uplink Frequency
435310000
IARU Coordination
IARU Coordinated
ITU Notifications
ITU Notified [Link 1]
Most Recent Observers (last 24h)
Observer Latest Data
JK2XXK/9-PM86iu 2024-04-14 14:46:45 UTC
JN1VXL-PM95tm 2024-04-14 14:46:45 UTC
JF6BCC-PM53jv 2024-04-14 14:46:45 UTC
JA7KPI-QN00af 2024-04-14 14:46:45 UTC
JI4UEN-PM54kd 2024-04-14 14:46:45 UTC
Data Frames Decoded - 30 Days
There is no decoded data for this satellite in the last 30 days.
Decoder: GreenCube Telemetry
Script Name
greencube
Decoder Fields
Click here
Orbital Elements
Latest Two-Line Element (TLE)
TLE Source
Space-Track.org
TLE Updated
2024-04-09 04:44:37 UTC
TLE Set
1 53106U 22080B   24099.70722617 -.00000003  00000-0  00000-0 0  9997
2 53106 70.1414 216.6532 0008047 121.1128 239.0321 6.42557348 40800
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