CNCE Block 1 (Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment)

CNCE Block 1 (Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment)
CNCE Block 1 (Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment)
Name CNCE Block 1 (Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation Missile Defense Agency
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Blue Canyon
Operator Blue Canyon
Costs
Single platform: $1.3 million
Oneliner

The cubesats will mimic two suborbital missile interceptor vehicles and test communications between them.

Description

The CNCE Block 1 mission will demonstrate the viability of advanced communications technologies using reduced size, weight and power in support of missile defense communications architectures.
The satellites are the first of a series of network communications experiments planned by MDA to demonstrate mesh networking in space and satellite-to-ground links. The cubesats will mimic two suborbital missile interceptor vehicles and test communications between them.
Transmitting data between interceptors, sensors and communication systems is critical to a missile defense architecture that must quickly identify, track and destroy incoming enemy missiles before they reach their targets.
The missile defense architecture will require communications between interceptors, sensors and command and control systems to quickly identify, track and destroy incoming enemy missiles before they reach their targets. The cubesats will allow the agency to demonstrate the capabilities quickly and affordably.

Results

Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, today announced the successful performance of its Software Defined Radios (SDRs) on Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1. Initially launched in June 2021 and completed in March 2022, CNCE Block 1, which is part of MDA’s Nanosat Testbed Initiative (NTI), used small, low-cost satellites to demonstrate networked radio communications between nanosatellites while in orbit.
MDA retired the Block 1 satellites in March 2022 and they will de-orbit and burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

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Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
CNCE1 (Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment, CNCE Block 1) Was operational until 2022-03-XX, retired (Official news on 2022-08-23) 2021-06-30 510 km, 60.7 deg
CNCE3 (Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment, CNCE Block 1) Was operational until 2022-03-XX, retired (Official news on 2022-08-23) 2021-06-30 510 km, 60.7 deg

Last modified: 2023-01-06
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