i-INSPIRE II (Inspire-2, AU03)

Name i-INSPIRE II (Inspire-2, AU03)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Reentry 2018-11-24. Was operational. Saved with 25m antenna after space weather event in July 2017. Was quiet for 1.5 months. (Last DK3WN report 2018-11-23)
Launched 2017-04-18
NORAD ID 42731
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Atlas V (QB50)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2017-05-27
Organisation University of Sydney
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Australia
Launch brokerer Nanoracks

Part of QB50 to study lower termosphere.


In addition to the common science package for QB50, the i-INSPIRE satellite will carry three scientific instruments for our own science mission. Except the imager, NanoSpec and radiation counter are designed for this mission. During the mission life-time, we will also demonstrate the nanothruster and the system-on-chip technology developed at the University of Sydney 1. QB50. 1) NanoSpec II is a diffraction limited single-mode fibre (SMF) fed spectrograph based upon the PIMMS#0 concept. The photonic lantern enables an arbitrary input to compact efficient lantern diffraction limited providing maximum resolution and throughput in the most compact configuration possible. This allows for an extremely compact design. 2) Monitor the radiation level during the satellite mission life time. 3) Charge Exchange Thruster (CXT). The CXT is an electric powered ion propulsion system, no need to neutralize the exhaust particles. 4) System-on-Chip (SoC). Spartan 6 FPGA to demonstrate some computation-intensive algorithms.


Communications damaged after space weather event in July 2017.

Failure cause Saved with 25m antenna. Space weather event in July 2017. Spacecraft was quiet for 1.5 months. Some unstated damage to communications system.
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Keywords Propulsion

Last modified: 2023-01-06
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