|Owner||Southern Cross Republic|
January 1, 2001|
(formerly the South Crossic Aerospace Institute, 1981-2000)
|Primary spaceport||Cabo Norte Air Base, Cabo Norte-NL|
|Budget||$14.1 million (2013)|
IPECS is involved in the development of space exploration, satellite construction and development as well as related technologies and infrastructure (including the CRUSAT series of Earth observation satellites) and related research in aerospace engineering, remote sensing, astrophysics, atmospheric science, and information science.
IPECS headquarters and the main ground control station are in Santana.
Sounding rocket program
Indigenously developed suborbital launch vehicle. Four to five launches as of 2010.
|FS-I||December 15, 2004||None||Successful first test flight.|
|FS-II||October 24, 2006||Tri-Methyl Aluminum (TMA)||Second stage ignition failure, mission lost|
|FS-III||December 24, 2008||Tri-Methyl Aluminum (TMA)||Mission successful|
|FS-IV||December 14, 2010||Airglow photometer, GPS receiver||Mission successful|
- CRUSAT-1: Communications and ionospheric research satellite, launched in January 2002.
- CRUSAT-2: Ionospheric research and surface mapping satellite, launched May 2004.
- CRUSAT-3/Constellation: Constellation of five microsatellites to perform GPS occultation studies of the upper atmosphere. Collaborative project with U.S. agencies including NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, launched in April 2006.