Miles Satellite

Spacecraft name Miles
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Semi-operational? (Took time but confirmation on Twitter on 2022-12-10 but orbit needs confirmation as of 2022-12-22)
Launched 2022-11-16
NORAD ID ? (Not yet catalogued and tracked?)
Deployer CSD (Canisterized Satellite Dispenser) [Planetary Systems Corporation]
Launcher SLS (Space Launch System) (Artemis-1)
Entity name Team Miles / Tampa Hackerspace
Institution Non-profit
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Partners The DRI

Demonstrate iodine-fueled plasma thruster.


Iodine-fueled plasma thruster. Our mission goals are to demonstrate the ability to conduct orbital maneuvers, navigate to a target given limited information, and demonstrate robust communications with a ground station from both lunar orbit and deep space.


Wes Faler, chief executive of Miles Space, said that cubesat appears to be tumbling and is slightly off its planned trajectory. Ground stations are getting only fragments of individual data packets from the spacecraft as its transmitter goes in and out of view. “We’re working on software to assemble a data packet from the fragments, a process akin to sequencing a genome from DNA fragments,” he said in early January. “That’s going to take a while.”

In trouble, tumbling, off-trajectory; a few partial frames; DSN passes (OLR) did not detect signal.

The Team Miles mission (grey) with an intended destination of a heliocentric orbit was also not part of the DSN portfolio but when it was found to be tumbling and off trajectory, with a few partial frames, the DSN attempted by could not detect a signal.

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Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit
On the same launch

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