Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status not launched, expected in 2023
Organisation University of Arkansas
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US

Xenon flash bulb as the calibrated source for ground tracking and demonstrate deorbiting.


Take LEO-to-Earth atmospheric composition measurements using an on-board xenon flash bulb as the calibrated source for ground tracking and demonstrate CubeSat deorbiting using a solid-state inflation balloon (SSIB).

The SSIB is comprised of a solid state gas generator (SSGG), space compatible balloon film structure, and spacecraft integration subsystem. The SSGG is a 2D array of sodium azide crystals, which, when heated, produce N2 gas which will inflate the balloon. The heater system uses about 1W of power for less than 10 seconds, and the gas is generated within milliseconds. The inflated balloon will then greatly increase the aerodynamic drag on the satellite, reducing the amount of time a given satellite will be orbital debris after its mission has ended. 

Mission phases:

  1. Initial flight demonstration and ground station communications operations for UA.
  2. Demonstrate operation of high-power LED for ground tracking purposes and test use of LORA receiver.
    Test small satellite deorbiting system in LEO space environment.
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Keywords De-orbit device

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