|Name||ALBus (Advanced Electrical Bus)|
|Units or mass||3U|
|Status||Was operational until 2018-12-17, about 4 hours. No signal had been reported before, but beacons were heard (Smallsat 2020)|
|Organisation||NASA Glenn Research Center|
|Entity||Government (Civil / Military)|
Demonstrate efficient battery charging and 100 Watt distribution.
The goals of the mission are to demonstrate efficient battery charging in the orbital environment, 100 Watt distribution to a target electrical load, flexible power system distribution interfaces, adaptation of power system control on orbit and successful deployment of solar arrays and antennas using resettable shape memory alloy mechanisms.
This signal reception validated the success criteria for a successful deployment of solar panels and antennas. Had the antennas failed to deploy, the radio would have most likely destroyed itself as the antennas, when stowed, are touching the CubeSat's metal chassis.
Unfortunately, that series of beacons that were received four hours after ALBus deployed was the first and last time a signal was head from it. ALBus was not able to get a first pass scheduled to begin the search until Monday, December 17, 2018.
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