MEMS (PICOSAT)

MEMS (PICOSAT)
Name MEMS (PICOSAT)<>
Type Picosatellite
Units or mass 0.275 kg
Organisation DARPA
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Aerospace Corp
Operator Aerospace Corp
Oneliner

Demonstrate the basic functional elements of a low-power LEO “swarm” or formation PICOSAT array.

Description

To demonstrate the basic functional elements of a low-power LEO “swarm” or formation PICOSAT array. To communicate from space using node-type radios and to report the results of MEMS-switched tests. Validate MEMS radio frequency switches. The two orbiting picosats are to be tethered because they will communicate via micropower radios. The tether will keep them within range of each other for crosslink purposes.

Keywords Tether

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
MEMS 1A (Pico 21, PICOSAT-1) Reentry 2000-XX-XX. Was operational until 2000-02-09, 2.5 days after being deployed from OPAL on 2000-02-06. 2000-01-27 750 x 800 km, 100.2 deg
MEMS 1B (Pico 23, Picosat 1) Reentry 2000-XX-XX. Was operational until 2000-02-09, 2.5 days after being deployed from OPAL on 2000-02-06. 2000-01-27 750 x 800 km, 100.2 deg
MEMS 2A (Pico 20, PICOSAT 7) Reentry 2002-07-11. Was operational until 2001-09-30, 1 day. Deployment 13 months after launch (eoPortal has typo). Initial beacons received. 2000-07-19 750 x 800 km, 100.2 deg
MEMS 2B (Pico 22, PICOSAT 8) Reentry 2002-07-11. Was operational until 2001-09-30, 1 day. Deployment 13 months after launch (eoPortal has typo). Initial beacons received. 2000-07-19 750 x 800 km, 100.2 deg

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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