Two cubesats going to Mars. http://spacenews.com/in-nasa-first-cubesats-headed-to-mars-with-insight-lander/
Firesat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775
Quote from: TrevorMonty on 11/21/2015 09:09 PMFiresat constellation for early detection of wild fires. Given size 200 of this constellation and deployment by 2018, it is most likely to be cubesat. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4775The linked article says the following:"We'll complete sensor integration and testing in batches and deliver them on a regular pace to the host spacecraft series starting in 2017," said Rex Ridenoure, CEO of Ecliptic.So ... it sounds to me like it's a sensor package that would be a hosted payload on a large satellite constellation, rather than a cubesat constellation (unless the hosts are larger cubesats). It might be interesting to speculate on what satellite constellation with 200+ satellites they have in mind.There is a Kickstarter for it that explains more, but it looks like that has a very long way to go. The satellite constellation got some media attention yesterday, but I don't think the Kickstarter campaign has had the sort of media/celebrity onslaught you'd want to have when trying to drum up as much crowdfunding as they're trying to:"FireSat: Near Real-Time Global Wildfire/Oil Spill Detection by Quadra Pi R2E"https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1635879554/firesat-near-real-time-global-wildfire-oil-spill-d
SAT-LOA-20151123-00078 E S2946Grant of Authority Effective Date: 04/07/2017Launch and Operating AuthoritySpire Global, Inc.Nature of Service: Earth Exploration Satellite Service, OtherOn April 7, 2017, the Satellite Division granted in part and deferred in part, with conditions, the application, as amended (File No. SAT-LOA-20151123-00078, as amended by SAT-AMD-20161114-00107), of Spire Global, Inc. Specifically, Spire was authorized to construct, deploy, and operate 4 satellites to be deployed from the Cygnus cargo vessel at orbital altitudes no greater than 500 km, as part of what Spire describes as Phase IB deployment. The satellites will be used to conduct maritime monitoring and meteorological monitoring operations. The satellites will operate using the 402-403 MHz (Earth-to-space) and (space-to-Earth) frequency band for telemetry, tracking and command and back-up data downlinking, and the 2020-2025 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 2200-2290 (space-to-Earth, for 1 MHz bandwidth operations with earth stations outside the United States) frequency bands. The satellites will also receive Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Application Specific Messages (ASM) signals in the 156.7625-156.7875 MHz, 156.8125-156.8375 MHz (space-to-Earth), and 161.9625-161.9875 MHz, 162.0125-162.0375 MHz, 161.9375-161.9625 MHz, and 161.9875-162.0125 MHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands, and GPS signals centered at 1575.42 MHz and 1227.60 MHz (space-to-Earth) frequency bands. Action was deferred on the remainder of Spire's application, as amended.