|Units or mass||3U|
|Organisation||NASA Marshall Space Flight Center|
|Entity||Government (Civil / Military)|
|Launch brokerer||Cal Poly, ?|
Deploy solar sail for deorbiting.
Establish ARC-MSFC collaborative relationship for future small satellite initiatives. Deploy a 10 m² solar sail leveraging work by MSFC approved under the SMD In-Space Propulsion Program. Demo Orbital Debris Mitigation technology – drag sail. Ground Imaging to reduce spacecraft instrumentation. Add to flight experience – ARC Bus "light" experience.
The sail is made of an ultra-thin reflective polymer called CP-1. It is 7.5 microns thick and has a surface area of approximately 10 square meters. The sail is wound tightly around a central hub. When the sail deploys, four booms spring out to unfurl the sail and support its structure. The booms are each 2.2 meters long when fully deployed. The nine-pound sail subsystem was provided by ManTech/NeXolve in Huntsville, Ala.
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|Keywords||Solar sail, Propulsion|
|NanoSail-D||Launch failure||2008-08-03||Launch failure|
|NanoSail-D2||Was operational until 2011-01-21, 4 days, batteries were drained. Deployed from FASTSAT on 2011-01-17.||2010-11-20||630 km, 72 deg|