ALICE Satellite

Satellite name ALICE (AFIT LEO iMESA CNT Experiment)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Was operational? (Confirmed operational in 2014, no recent public news found)
Launched 2013-12-06
NORAD ID 39467
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Atlas V
Organisation Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Tyvak, ?
Partners NRO, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Demonstration of new small satellite propulsion based on carbon nanotube array.


The satellite carries the iMESA (Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer) and the CNT (Carbon Nano-Tube) experiments. The carbon nanotube array on ALICE represents a significant enhancement in small satellite propulsion.

Georgia Tech manufactured the carbon nanotube array and AFIT built the payload and assembled and tested the satellite. Performance of the carbon nanotube array will be done using custom built integrated miniaturized electrostatic analyzer (iMESA) sensors, based on designs provided by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Keywords Propulsion
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