D3 CubeSat (Drag De-Orbit Device CubeSat)

D3 CubeSat
D3 CubeSat
D3 CubeSat
D3 CubeSat
Name D3 CubeSat (Drag De-Orbit Device CubeSat)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Operational? (Press release on 2022-09-14 but no reports with data on SatNOGS as of 2022-12-20)
Launched 2022-07-15
NORAD ID 53767
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (ELaNa 45) (CRS-25)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2022-09-06
Organisation University of Florida
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US

Demonstrate a simple, reliable, low-cost, non-propulsive system for deliberate deorbit.


Develop and demonstrate a simple, reliable, low-cost, non-propulsive system for deliberate deorbit of small spacecraft, including CubeSats. In order to achieve this goal, the project’s focus is on developing a proof-of-concept design that will control the orbital decay, up to the atmospheric ballistic entry point, of CubeSat form factors up to 12U.
Control while deorbiting will be achieved by deploying/retracting four independent “measuring tape-like” booms. Attitude control will be obtained by allowing the booms to be maneuvered independently, thus offsetting the center of pressure with respect to the spacecraft’s center of mass, generating control torques about two body axes. This will enable fine decay control and attitude control.

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Keywords De-orbit device

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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