PetitSat (Plasma Enhancements in The Ionosphere-Thermosphere Satellite)

Name PetitSat (Plasma Enhancements in The Ionosphere-Thermosphere Satellite)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Reentry 2023-04-10. Was operational? (Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-29 and press release on 2023-02-01)
Launched 2022-11-26
NORAD ID 55130
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-26) (ELaNa 49)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-29
Organisation NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Partners Utah State University, Boston University, Virginia Tech

Provide in-situ measurements of plasma density, 3D ion drift, as well as ion and neutral composition.


Study density irregularities in the mid and low-latitude ionosphere. Ion-Neutral Mass Spectrometer, or INMS — the world’s smallest mass spectrometer. Gridded Retarding Ion Drift Sensor.

petitSat is a GSFC 6U CubeSat led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jeffrey Klenzing. The mission is funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate Heliophysics Division. It is a collaboration that includes Utah State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Boston University.

petitSat will also be incorporating a technology demonstration of an impulse control system utilizing ion thrusters that was developed internally at GSFC. This demonstration will be conducted once the mission's science objectives have been met.

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Keywords Propulsion

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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