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Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« on: 06/12/2015 09:31 PM »
Thought it was about time they had dedicated mission thread.

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« Reply #2 on: 06/12/2015 09:52 PM »
This is summary of Evolvable Mars Campaign (EMC ). Lots of good stuff in here, bit that relates to this thread are 2 cubesat missions (page 32) to moon that will fly on EM-1 in 2018.


http://spirit.as.utexas.edu/~fiso/telecon/Craig_6-10-15/
6U Lunar IceCube
Prospect for water in ice, liquid, and
vapor forms and other lunar volatiles
from a low-perigee, highly inclined lunar
orbit using a compact IR spectrometer
 
Skyfire 6U CubeSat
GEO Technology Demo
Will perform lunar flyby, collecting
spectroscopy and thermography
address both Moon and Mars SKGs for
surface characterization, remote
sensing, and site selection.




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Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #3 on: 06/12/2015 10:13 PM »
Two cubesats going to Mars.

http://spacenews.com/in-nasa-first-cubesats-headed-to-mars-with-insight-lander/

Hmm, my google foo is failing me, from the data I saw on that link these seem to be flyby's  (cold gas thrusters, no provision for aerocapture) but I could find much else about them and their architecture.

@TM or anyone else have you got any more resources about the MarsCOs?
It is all well and good to quote those things that made it past your confirmation bias that other people wrote, but this is a discussion board damnit! Let us know what you think! And why!

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« Reply #4 on: 06/17/2015 11:27 PM »
Ion thruster developed for cubesats looking to expanded into smallsat markets. This is just one of a few technologies that were developed for cubesat that end up finding there way into larger satellites.

http://spacenews.com/smallsat-propulsion-company-wins-defense-department-contract/

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« Reply #5 on: 06/18/2015 03:40 AM »
Not a mission just a market prediction. Bolds well for all the small LVs currently in development and companies making cubesat components.

deltaV (@deltavspacehub) tweeted at 1:24 PM on Thu, Jun 18, 2015:
Now @ACSERUNSW Prof Andrew Dempster price/performance equation of CubeSats #disruption #sadig #space2.0 http://t.co/8PQunJ5NUL
(https://twitter.com/deltavspacehub/status/611343607530807296)

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« Reply #6 on: 06/24/2015 06:11 PM »
These 6u cubesats use GPS to monitor weather.

http://spacenews.com/planetiq-selects-blue-canyon-technologies-for-smallsat-constellation/

. The company has been separately developing its GPS radio occultation sensor, called Pyxis, that measures signals from GPS and other navigation satellites as those signals pass through the atmosphere. Those measurements provide soundings of the atmosphere that can be fed into weather forecasting models. - See more at: http://spacenews.com/planetiq-selects-blue-canyon-technologies-for-smallsat-constellation/#sthash.9kK06cOp.dpuf

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« Reply #7 on: 07/07/2015 01:32 AM »
Nanosat space tug. Couldn't find any information this but looks like they plan to use it to deorbit dead cubesat/ nanosats.

http://www.dunveganspace.com/

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« Reply #8 on: 07/07/2015 07:53 PM »
Smallsat insurance. Not as exciting as innovative technology, but very important to the success of cubesat and smallsat industry.
Having insurance should make funding these new startup businesses a little easier.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/07/07/companies-offer-insurance-smallsats/#more-55728

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« Reply #9 on: 08/28/2015 04:59 AM »
Another cubesat lunar mission to map Hydrogen. Flying on SLS EM1.


http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/08/27/asu-cubesat-explore-moon/#more-56243

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« Reply #10 on: 10/06/2015 07:48 PM »

NASA Bfgs on Upcoming CubeSat Launches, Oct 2015, VAFB

07-Oct-2015 through 07-Oct-2015

NASA will hold two pre-launch briefings on October 7, 2015 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA on an upcoming launch that includes the launch of 13 cubesats, four of which are sponsored by NASA and nine that are sponsored by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  One of the NRO-sponsored cubesats was developed with NASA funding according to the NASA press release.

http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/events/nasa-bfgs-on-upcoming-cubesat-launches-oct-2015-vafb

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« Reply #11 on: 10/23/2015 05:16 PM »
Smallsat website.
I didn't know this existed till now.

http://smallsatdaily.com/?edition_id=7a689f10-78c7-11e5-bdb0-0cc47a0d1605

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« Reply #12 on: 10/27/2015 02:41 AM »
Cubesats to complex and expensive for your needs, how about a ThumbSat.


http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/tiny-thumbsats-aim-to-bring-space-to-all-151026.htm

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« Reply #13 on: 11/04/2015 07:19 PM »
UK ukube1 cubesat (3U) completes 14month mission.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/11/04/ukube1-completes-mission/

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« Reply #14 on: 11/04/2015 07:21 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: 11/21/2015 09:09 PM »
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


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« Reply #16 on: 11/21/2015 10:33 PM »
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

The 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

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« Reply #17 on: 11/22/2015 01:09 AM »
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

The 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
Hosted payload makes a lot more sense. OneWeb or may be Plantlab.

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« Reply #18 on: 11/22/2015 01:39 AM »
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
Done little more research on this subject. It costs USA about $1.8B a year to fight forest fires and this cost only expected to increase.

Assuming they are using 3U cubesat and Rocket lab LV the deployment cost for 200 would be $39.2M (8x$4.9M). Of course a bulk buy discount would be expected, say <$35m. Even if it is >$100M all up to develop and deploy this constellation, it could pay for its self in first year.

http://headwaterseconomics.org/wildfire/fire-research-summary

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Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #19 on: 11/22/2015 02:07 AM »
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

The 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

They are being intentionally opaque with is particularly annoying.

"Dr Arthur Lane FireSat Technincal  Advisor" lets slip a few details
The spectra band is around 4 microns.  Mid-wave Infrared.  The optics look like an MWIR lens.  Probably uncooled microbolometer detectors. 
They want to operate at 1200 km on 200 satellites.  That's OneWeb.
They sound desperate to develop and prove the prototype sensor in time to get hosted aboard OneWeb because, he says, there may be no large constellations ever developed after that. Huh?
They have to get 200 satellites to get 15 minute revisit, but they don't say why 50 satellites with one hour revisit time wouldn't have a significant fraction of the value.

JPL has $1.8B/yr overhead, competed for and won, amoung other programs, two <$5M cubesat programs, and they have to run a kickstarter campaign for $280k to fund an instrument?

"JPL is arguably the only organization in the world with the requisite skill set to develop FireSat."
"Ecliptic is a recognized world leader in space sensor production development."
Oh, please!
It is not surprising that this kickstarter has made trivial progress towards its goal.

I wish I could capture the last few seconds of video.  It shows about a quarter of the OneWeb constellation and the traffic at the poles is scary enough.
« Last Edit: 11/22/2015 04:26 AM by Comga »
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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« Reply #20 on: 11/22/2015 04:37 AM »
I couldn't do it but JPL handed it to us.
Look at the satellites all heading towards the north pole.
What a nightmare of traffic control!
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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« Reply #21 on: 12/02/2015 09:44 AM »
After lurking on this site for years, here is finally my first post. I am currently working on a CubeSat at TU Munich in Germany. The mission is called MOVE-II (Munich Orbital Verification Experiment) and aims to develop a satellite bus for future scientific missions. It will have pretty high communication bandwidth and power generating capabilities for a CubeSat. We recently started a new website with a blog describing the satellite development in weekly updates. I thought that might be interesting to you guys, so I decided to post it here  :)
Check out http://www.move2space.de/MOVE-II/!


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« Reply #23 on: 11/27/2016 08:26 PM »
Cygnus Alan Poindexter just released four Lemur commercial weather observation nanosats to bring the number on orbit to 17.

Name                NORAD ID  Int'l Code   Launch Date Perigee Apogee Inclination
LEMUR 1               40044   2014-033AL    6/19/2014   615.4   697.5   97.9
LEMUR-2 JOEL          40932   2015-032C     9/28/2015   634.9   654.9    6.0
LEMUR-2 PETER         40935   2015-052F     9/28/2015   639.2   655.3    6.0
LEMUR-2 JEROEN        40934   2015-052E     9/28/2015   638.4   654.8    6.0
LEMUR-2 CHRIS         40933   2015-052D     9/28/2015   633.6   655.2    6.0
LEMUR-2 NICK-ALLAIN   41488   1998-067JJ    3/16/2016   360.9   367.2   51.6
LEMUR-2 KANE          41489   1998-067JK    3/16/2016   361.8   365.4   51.6
LEMUR-2 THERESACONDOR 41485   1998-067JF    3/16/2016   359.2   365.0   51.6
LEMUR-2 JEFF          41490   1998-067JL    3/16/2016   355.0   362.3   51.6
LEMUR-2 BRIDGEMAN     41595   2016-019B     3/23/2016   368.7   371.6   51.6
LEMUR-2 DRMUZZ        41596   2016-019C     3/23/2016   346.8   350.1   51.6
LEMUR-2 NATE          41597   2016-019D     3/23/2016   350.9   353.4   51.6
LEMUR-2 CUBECHEESE    41598   2016-019E     3/23/2016   346.2   350.2   51.6
Lemur-2-Sokolsky              2016-062C?   11/25/2016   502.5   511.1   51.6
Lemur-2-Xiaoqing              2016-062D?   11/25/2016   502.5   511.1   51.6
Lemur-2-Anubhavthakur         2016-062E?   11/26/2016   502.5   511.1   51.6
Lemur-2-Wingo                 2016-062F?   11/26/2016   502.5   511.1   51.6


edit: Fixed launch dates for second set of four (Was listed as ISS first launch)
Dates are ground launch dates from Gunter's Space Page
« Last Edit: 11/28/2016 04:16 PM by Comga »
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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« Reply #24 on: 04/17/2017 05:48 PM »
gongora found the following FCC notice for more Spire satellite launches from Cygnus but I can't find any info on which launch this might be - any ideas?

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SAT-LOA-20151123-00078 E S2946
Grant of Authority Effective Date: 04/07/2017
Launch and Operating Authority
Spire Global, Inc.
Nature of Service: Earth Exploration Satellite Service, Other
On 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.

(He forwarded info as he's away at the moment and can't easily access himself.)
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Re: Cubesat and Nanosat Missions
« Reply #25 on: 04/25/2017 08:13 AM »
List of cubesats on OA-7, including some Spire Lemur-2 sars:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40654.msg1670631#msg1670631

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« Reply #26 on: 04/29/2017 07:49 AM »
Accion Systems Ion drives. May have covered them earlier on this thread. They are now going into production and have proved themselves on a test flight.

On latest Tmro space show.


http://www.accion-systems.com/


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« Reply #28 on: 05/06/2017 04:47 PM »
Laser Comms demo.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2017/05/06/cubesats-frickin-laser-beams/

Laser communications systems have become the next big thing in spacecraft design, promising improved communications. And now NASA is looking to put them on CubeSats.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking sources of compact laser transmitters that could be placed on one of these small satellites for a future technology demonstration space flight mission.

“Goddard is developing a CUBESat spacecraft with science mission payload for a multiple unit CUBESat spacecraft that will generate >1 Gbit/day science data at distances up to 0.5 Astronomical Units (AU). Reference 1 gives a notional CUBESat laser communications system concept,” the center said in the RFI.

“The purpose of this RFI is to solicit specific capability information from industry on master- oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) laser communication transmitter technologies. This will be used for a cost, schedule and technical assessment to assist with preparing for a possible near-future NASA CUBESat spacecraft technology demonstration,” the RFI adds.


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« Reply #29 on: 05/23/2017 09:52 AM »
http://www.esa.int/Education/CubeSats_-_Fly_Your_Satellite/Six_new_CubeSat_missions_selected_for_next_cycle_of_Fly_Your_Satellite

Six new CubeSat missions selected for next cycle of Fly Your Satellite!

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3Cat-4
The 3Cat-4 team is composed of students from the University Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain.Their mission aims to demonstrate capabilities of nanosatellites for Earth Observation using GNSS-R and L-band microwave radiometry as well as for Automatic Identification Services (AIS).

CELESTA
This CubeSat comes from the University of Montpellier, France and will monitor the LEO environment and perform in-orbit testing of a radiation monitor and a single event latch-up experiment.

EIRSAT-1
This project is a joint collaboration between University College Dublin, Ireland and Queens’ University Belfast, Northern Ireland. The team aim to  test a novel gamma-ray detector module and an experiment with thermal coatings for spacecraft.

ISTnanosat-1
This CubeSat project is the first from Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal.  The CubeSat team will use their CubeSat to test an ADS-B receiver that aims to track aircraft in flight.

LEDSAT
The LEDSAT team are from Sapienza – University of Rome in Italy, and plan to improve and test new technologies for tracking of LEO satellites using LEDs.

UoS3
This CubeSat is the first from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Their CubeSat will obtain position and attitude data for the validation of atmospheric models and space object re-entry prediction software.

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« Reply #30 on: 07/02/2017 12:19 AM »
Excellent article on Planet (labs). Feel free to copy to Planet's thread as I can't locate it.
Chris we need a directory or index.

www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-29/the-tiny-satellites-ushering-in-the-new-space-revolution

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« Reply #32 on: 07/20/2017 09:02 PM »
Excellent article on Planet (labs). Feel free to copy to Planet's thread as I can't locate it.
Chris we need a directory or index.

www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-29/the-tiny-satellites-ushering-in-the-new-space-revolution
WASHINGTON — Planet has won a second contract to provide satellite imagery to the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), beating out contenders UrtheCast, Orbital Insight and Sky Hawk Drone Services.

The one-year, $14 million contract follows a seven-month, $20 million pilot contract that began in September



http://spacenews.com/planet-wins-second-nga-satellite-imagery-contract/

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« Reply #33 on: 07/21/2017 08:30 PM »
Good article from Space Angels on smallsat market and LVs. 254 smallsats launched already in 2017, Planet make bulk of that.

http://spaceangels.com/post/smallsat-launch-outpacing-market-forecasts


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« Reply #34 on: 08/09/2017 10:32 AM »
Developing 64 x3U constellation to provide M2M IoT (Internet of things).

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-elseastrocast-ceo-fabien-jordan-cfo-kjell-karlsen/

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« Reply #35 on: 08/11/2017 03:50 PM »

Minature sunshade test using smallsat and cubesat..

www.universetoday.com/136697/standford-team-creates-mdot-mini-starshade-exoplanet-research/

While mainly proof of concept for folding sunshades, could actually do some useful science.

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« Reply #36 on: 08/15/2017 09:11 PM »
Accion Systems Ion drives. May have covered them earlier on this thread. They are now going into production and have proved themselves on a test flight.

On latest Tmro space show.


http://www.accion-systems.com/

I looked at their web site and saw no mention of a test flight. When did this happen?

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