KickSat-2
Name KickSat-2
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
Organisation Cornell University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Oneliner

Reflight of KickSat to carry and deploy 200 Sprites.

Description

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]
Keywords Chipsats-Sprites

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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