CAT (CubeSat Assessment and Test)

CAT (CubeSat Assessment and Test)
CAT (CubeSat Assessment and Test)
Name CAT (CubeSat Assessment and Test)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Oneliner Key lessons learned from the ORS TECH and RAVAN missions are being applied to this mission.
Results CAT mission has been successful in maintaining the desired in-track separation. The CAT spacecraft have never been below the 10-km separation range limit and only exceeded the 150-km separation range limit twice. First due to initial deployment velocity and delayed initiation of drag maneuvering. Second due to a series of untimely safe-mode and command lock-outs. More frequent maneuver updates in combination with faster maneuver planning methods have been implemented based on lessons learned Primary CAT mission was successful and we look forward to a successful extended mission as well.
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Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
CAT A (CAT-1, CubeSat Assessment and Test, CATSat-1) Reentry 2021-04-13. Was operational (Smallsat 2021) 2018-12-05 400 km, 51.6 deg, ISS
CAT B (CAT-2, CubeSat Assessment and Test, CATSat-2) Reentry 2021-04-13. Was operational (Smallsat 2021) 2018-12-05 400 km, 51.6 deg, ISS

Last modified: 2021-08-14
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