MAXWELL Satellite

Satellite MAXWELL
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Launcher not launched
Organisation University of Colorado Boulder
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer NASA CSLI / ELaNa
Partners MMA Design

Demonstrate X-band communication and reflectarray system compatible with the NASA Near-Earth Network.


Demonstrate a high rate communication system that is compatible with the NASA Near-Earth Network. It will utilize a CU-developed X-band communication system and a 1m deployable reflectarray antenna from MMA Design.

Test a novel Deployable High Gain Reflectarray (DaHGR)4 antenna which will employ a 1 m2 reflectarray. The secondary goal is to mature and demonstrate a 200kbps S-band uplink that includes Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) capabilities. This mission will raise the TRL of the XTx radio, S-band receiver and T-DaHGR antenna to TRL 9.

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COTS subsystems
  • TRANSMITTER - NearSpace Launch GlobalStar Simplex 3
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Keywords Reflectarray, Deployable parabolic antenna

Last modified: 2024-05-29

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