CuSP (CubeSat for Solar Particles)

Name CuSP (CubeSat for Solar Particles)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Was operational until 2022-11-16, half a day with a 1 hour of listen-only transmission (Official update on NASA blog on 2022-12-08 as of 2022-12-24)
Launched 2022-11-16
NORAD ID ? (Not yet catalogued and tracked?)
Deployer CSD (Canisterized Satellite Dispenser) [Planetary Systems Corporation]
Launcher SLS (Space Launch System) (Artemis-1)
Organisation Southwest Research Institute
Institution Institute
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US

First protype of an interplanetary CubeSat space weather station to study solar particles.


Study Solar Particles. First protype of an interplanetary CubeSat space weather station. It will observe space weather events hours before they reach Earth.
1) SIS – Suprathermal Ion Spectrograph 3-70 keV/q
2) VHM – Vector Helium Magnetometer
3) MERiT – Miniaturized Electron & pRoton Telescope 2-150 MeV/q

Failure cause Was operating mostly as expected for the 1 hour contact. The solar arrays deployed, and they were stable and pointing at the Sun. However, anomalous software resets and temperature readings were reported during the contact.
Sources [1] [2] [3]
Photo Sources [1] [2]
Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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