KickSat-2 Satellite

Satellite KickSat-2
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2019-04-02. Was semi-operational. Antenna likely failed to deploy, but Kicksats were ejected.
Launched 2018-11-17
NORAD ID 44046
Deployer NRCSD-E (External NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer)
Launcher Antares
Deployment Deployed from Cygnus on 2019-02-14
Entity name Cornell University
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Country US
Launch brokerer Nanoracks

Reflight of KickSat to carry and deploy 200 Sprites.


Reflight of KickSat. Carry and deploy 200 Sprites. A 1U avionics bus will provide power, communications, and command and data handling functions. A 2U deployer has been developed to house the Sprites. 104 Sprites will be stacked atop a spring-loaded pusher and secured by a nichrome burn wire system.

Demonstrate the deployment and operation of prototype Sprite “ChipSats” (femtosatellites). The Sprite is a tiny spacecraft that includes power, sensor and communication systems on a printed circuit board measuring 3.5 by 3.5 centimeters with a thickness of a few millimeters and a mass of a few grams. ChipSats could enable new kinds of science and exploration missions, as well as dramatically lower the cost of access to space.

Failure cause Antenna likely failed to deploy, but Kicksats were ejected.
Sources [1] [2]
Photo sources [1] [2] [3]
Keywords Chipsats-Sprites
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