Pico-satellite F-1 was a project to build and launch a 1U cubesat (1kg, 10cm×10cm×10cm) for educational purpose at FPT Technology Research Institute. The project started from September 2008 and ended in January 2013, with funding from FPT University, FPT Software, the Ministry of Science and Technology (Vietnam) with the contract number 14/2011/HĐ-ĐTTN-KC01/11-15 and several private contributors. The satellite was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center (JAXA) to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 21, 2012. From the ISS, the cubesat was released by robot arm to low Earth orbit, at altitude of about 350km, on October 4, 2012, together with 2 other cubesats.
- News on F-1 launch from the Tanegashima Space Center
- More photos from NASA International Space Station Imagery
- Presentation at 60th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), October 12-16, 2009, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, IAC-09.E1.1.11 Design and manufacture of a nanosatellite for space technology education and potential application (external link http://www.iafastro.net/iac/paper/view-appendix/5502/IAC-09.E1.1.11.pdf)