CP10 (ExoCube)
CP10 (ExoCube)
Name CP10 (ExoCube)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Was semi-operational until 2016-07-30. Antennas did not deploy and radio went silent (Official presentation)
Launched 2015-01-31
NORAD ID 40380
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Delta II
Organisation California Polytechnic State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Tyvak, ?
Oneliner

Measure neutral and ionized species in the exosphere and thermosphere.

Description

Measuring the Elemental Composition of the Exosphere Technology demonstration mission of a mass spectrometer sensor suite, EXOS, into low-Earth orbit to measure neutral and ionized species in the exosphere and thermosphere. Mass Spectrometer Incoherent Scatter models are essential in Earth system science and upper atmosphere composition.

Results

Experienced an antenna failure which resulted in this situation. That failure was most likely caused by a bad solder joint.

Failure cause Antennas did not deploy and very large dish was needed. Likely by a bad solder joint. Then radio went silent after 6 months.
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Last modified: 2023-01-06
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