COURIER SEP DEMO (Exoterra CubeSat)

Name COURIER SEP DEMO (Exoterra CubeSat)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2023
Organisation Exoterra Resource
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation US
Operator In-house?
Costs $2 million from NASA Tipping Point.

Demonstrate compact and high impulse solar electric propulsion module.


ExoTerra will build, test and launch a 12-unit CubeSat with a compact, high impulse solar electric propulsion module. 
ExoTerra Resource has recently won a NASA Tipping Point contract to qualify, build and launch a 12U Cubesat bus which has unique High Propulsion (1.2km/s) and High Power (~300W) capabilities.

The on-orbit task for this mission is to demonstrate the range of orbit maneuvers possible with this bus. The orbital operational envelope is expected to be between 300km and 1800km in altitude and we expect to demonstrate a range of capabilities, from dipping orbits, neutral drag offset orbits, elliptical orbits and orbit raising and lowering. A payload has not been identified for this mission and we have approximately 3.4U of volume to host a payload.

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Keywords Propulsion

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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