Name NanoSail-D
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
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

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
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

Last modified: 2023-06-08
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