INSPIRE Satellites

INSPIRE
Spacecraft INSPIRE
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Entity name NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Country US
Partners California Institute of Technology, Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
Oneliner

Demonstrate functionality in deep space: command & data handling communication, and navigation.

Description

Demonstrate fundamental functionality in deep space: command & data handling telecommunication, and navigation. Characterize CubeSat system performance in the deep space. Demonstrate mother-daughter mission architectures by relaying communications.

Demonstrate the capability to support COTS/university processor subsystems in functioning despite upsets, by monitoring and power-cycling them.

Two payloads to demonstrate the science utility of the platform: a helium-vector magnetometer, and an imager with payload processor running agile science algorithms. The potential exists for the INSPIRE spacecraft to supplement the 2014 Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) objectives of large-scale 3D-structure solar wind measurements with fine-scale observations obtained from the two slowly separating INSPIRE spacecraft.

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Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit

Related Spacecraft

Spacecraft Status Rocket Launch Orbit
INSPIRE-A (Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In Relevant Environment) cancelled? (Were built, but lost interplanetary launch and unlikely after MarCO) cancelled x_cancelled Heliocentric, deep space
INSPIRE-B (Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In Relevant Environment) cancelled? (Were built, but lost interplanetary launch and unlikely after MarCO) cancelled x_cancelled Heliocentric, deep space

Last modified: 2023-06-08

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