Tag Archive: cubesat

Nov 03 2015

ESA selects 5 CubeSat missions for Asteroid exploration

CubeSats to an asteroid. This is the Asteroid Impact mission that ESA is considering. The 5 CubeSat missions selected are AGEX (Royal Observatory of Belgium). A CubeSat touches down to assess the surface material, surface gravity, subsurface structure and of the DART impact effects. Another CubeSat in orbit deploys smaller ‘chipsats’ dispersed over the asteroid. …

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Oct 05 2015

200 Mbps from a CubeSat

Big Plans for Small Satellites: Testing Laser Communications, Formation Flying. This is an extraordinary accomplishment if they can get it to work. First, getting the power needed for laser communications requires a pretty robust panel system, probably better than any that has flown on a CubeSat before. Second, the precision needed for flying and orienting …

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Aug 05 2015

Lunar IceCube likely will ride on SLS’ first launch

Tiny Cubesat Will Hunt for Water Ice on the Moon. It’ll search for water ice on the Moon’s surface from an elliptical orbit on a six month mission. It’s a 6U CubeSat, and will plot ice locations by latitude and longitude, time of day, and type of regolith. There are slots for 11 CubeSat missions …

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Jul 28 2015

CleanSpace One to capture and remove defunct CubeSat

This will be interesting to track, but in reality this isn’t a solution at all. We can’t send up a satellite for each piece of debris up there…and that’s not counting the thousands of thousands of debris too small to track. I envision some sort of ballistic gel that stays a semi-fluid in extreme cold …

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Jul 23 2015

Making communications a SNaP

Future Army Nanosatellites to Empower Soldiers. This is right up my ally, since I’m very familiar with military SATCOM in general, and UHF SATCOM in particular. It says that they’ll use existing UHF SATCOM radios, but because SNaP will be a LEO constellation and UHF satellites are in GEO, they’ll have to use different antennae. …

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Jun 17 2015

I gotcher stealth launcher right heaya

SALVO Cubesat Rocket Debuts Stealth Launch Vehicle Era. SALVO can launch 3U CubeSats from underneath an F-15 fighter. Most of the details are classified, and I’ll keep it that way and not derive any details about capabilities from the article. Imaginative minds could think of all sorts of missions one could conduct with a immediate-launch …

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May 19 2015

Still on track for X-37B’s launch tomorrow

Fourth Atlas-V Spaceplane Launch Heralds X-37B Program Shift As Centaur to Deploy Naval Satellites at Higher Inclination. Lots of secret stuff on board, but some unclassified payloads as well: Lightsail by the Planetary Society Xenon fueled “Hall thruster” mounted in the payload bay. Aerocube 8/Impact: A two satellite cubesat mission to test new electric propulsion …

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Jan 28 2015

CubeSats…is their anything they can’t do?

Well, they can be a Space Billboard. The messages on the SpaceBillboard will be the highest and the fastest ever seen in the industry, flying at 27,400 kph at an altitude of 500 km. The Billboard will orbit the Earth 15 times a day, becoming the first advertisements that literally bring their message around the …

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Jan 23 2015

File under “Why didn’t I think of that?!?”

Helicopter Could be ‘Scout’ for Mars Rovers in 2020 mission. According to this paper: Features of the system include: total mass of 1 kg; counter-rotating propellers designed for use the thin Martian air; powered by solar charged batteries; a high resolution downward looking camera for navigation, landing, and science surveying of the terrain; and a …

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Jan 11 2015

CubeSats included in Mars InSight lander mission (Updated)

To provide a comms relay link between the lander and Earth. The MRO, MAVEN and Odyssey will not be in position to provide relay comms. The lander will land in one of four possible landing sites within the Elysium Planitia (around 30N, 150E){ Interesting…Why would those orbiters not be able to cover the InSight lander? …

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Dec 17 2014

Buy a PocketQube kit for $6 grand

Big fan of PocketQubes, though I think they’re about 5 years before their time. 5 years from now, what CubeSats currently do, PocketQubes will be able to do, at least for some missions. The basic kit includes: Spacecraft Structure MiniSatCom board On Board Computer Labsat development board to test different electronics boards Hmmm…maybe something to …

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Nov 25 2014

Cube Quest Challenge registration begins

Win a share of $5 mil with a successful CubeSat design to be launched with the first SLS/Orion mission. 3 areas of competition: Ground Tournaments:  $500,000 in the four qualifying ground tournaments to determine who will have the ability to fly on the first SLS flight; Lunar Derby:  $1.5 million for demonstrating communication and CubeSat …

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Nov 19 2014


NASA skunkworks ready to introduce their new 6U CubeSat. For its maiden flight, it’ll host 3 different heliophysics payloads. Well done, NASA, and good luck!!

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Nov 06 2014

Spaceflight Services teams with JAXA for Cubesat launches

Eight 3U CubeSats to launch on JAXA’s Astro-H mission. The mission is scheduled to launch sometime during the Japan FY15 (April 15 to March 16).

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Oct 30 2014

Onward, upward and live to fly another day!

So says Planetary Resources after its small sat got blown up with CRS mission. They were hoping that the Arkyd 3 test satellite would have been launched from the ISS in a few months. “Its mission was to space-test the avionics and controls systems, show us the strong points, failure points, and then burn up …

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Oct 20 2014

AMSAT announces design competition

AMSAT announces next generation CubeSat strategy. Submissions are due 15 March 2015 and winners should be announced in Sep 2015. Ham radio…another bucket list item of mine.

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Oct 13 2014

CubeSats…is there nothing they can’t do?

They’re being considered for a future Europa mission. Proposals were accepted from 10 universities: Arizona State University, Tempe Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta Stanford University, Stanford, California The Regents of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico The Regents of the University of Colorado, Boulder The Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor …

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Oct 09 2014

Lunar Flashlight targets 2017 launch

Its primary mission will be map ice locations on the Moon. Here’s what’s super cool about it, though: Lunar Flashlight is working toward a possible launch date in December 2017, when it would blast off on the first test flight of NASA’s Space Launch System megarocket, along with several other piggybacking payloads. Lunar Flashlight is …

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Oct 03 2014

Update from Spaceflight Services on Deep Space CubeSat ridesharing

In this post from 12 Sep, I wondered what mission will launch in FY16Q3 with which will have space and deltaV available to sent CubeSats out of orbit. Here’s the reply from SpaceFlight Services: For the Deep Space rideshare opportunity, We will be manifesting LEO customers on the Digital Globe WorldView-4 mission. The Centaur upper …

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Oct 02 2014

Pumpkin wins $2.75M RIF with SPAWAR

Pumpkin, Inc wins a two year, $2.75 mil DoD Rapid Innovation Funding contract on 30 September to develop and demonstrate a multi-mission 6 Unit CubeSat bus capable of supporting a wide variety of DoD space and intelligence missions in a contested enviornment, including but not limited to Environmental Sensing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Satellite Communications …

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