Cislunar Explorer Satellite

Cislunar Explorer
Cislunar Explorer
Cislunar Explorer
Name Cislunar Explorers (3UA, 3UB)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Launcher not launched
Organisation Cornell University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US

Demonstrate using water as propellant.


Demonstrate using water as propellant. Uses electricity to split its water propellant into Hydrogen and Oxygen, which it burns as fuel.

Mission objectives:

  1. Electrolysis propulsion demo
  2. Optical navigation demo
  3. Reach Lunar Orbit
  4. Femtosatellite operations beyond LEO

Technology Demonstrator

  • Spin-Stabilized Attitude Control System
  • Water Electrolysis Propulsion System. Demonstrate potential In Situ Resource Utilization.
  • Optical Navigation System for Low cost position and attitude determination. Triangulation using celestial bodies.
  • ChipSat is Rideshare on a rideshare.

Spring-loaded separation releases both into opposite spins providing passive spin stabilization.Single CO2 cold gas thruster.

Sources [1] [2] [3]
Photo sources [1] [2]
COTS subsystems
  • EPS - GomSpace NanoPower P31u
  • OBSW - JPL F-Prime Open Source
Subsystems sources [1]
COTS compoments
  • OBC - Rasberry Pi A+
  • Solar cells - ZTJ
  • IMU - Adafruit 9-DOF BNO055
  • Real time clock - Adafruit DS3231
  • Voltage regulator - U3V40AHV
  • Pressure sensor - Cynergy3 IPSU
  • Switch - Jameco Subminiature E Series
Components sources [1]
Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit

Last modified: 2024-05-29

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