FALCON
FALCON
Name FALCON
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Organisation University at Buffalo (UB)
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Oneliner

Provide relative attitude and orbit information between spacecraft using beam pointing and synchronization to maintain the link between laser communication devices.

Description

Provide relative attitude and orbit information between spacecraft using beam pointing and synchronization to maintain the link between the laser communication devices. The secondary objective involves determining the absolute position of the two spacecraft using only relative line of sight information. The mission aims to create stereoscopic imaging as one could use our concept for flying two or more satellites in formation with no star tracker using ground references (rather than stars) and the laser communication system to determine the attitude and orbit, greatly reducing the cost of such projects.

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Keywords Laser transmitter

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
FALCON A (Formation Attitude Laser Communication Orbital Navigator) cancelled? (Removed from the website) x_cancelled cancelled
FALCON B (Formation Attitude Laser Communication Orbital Navigator) cancelled? (Removed from the website) x_cancelled cancelled

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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