Name QbX
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation US Naval Research Laboratory
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Launch brokerer Cal Poly, ?
Partners Pumpkin

Communications payload and experiments.


For the first two QbX satellites, flight software, antennas, and the TTC radio were built and integrated by the Naval Center for Space, as was the developmental communications payload. The payload consisted of an extendible antenna, a modem, and a radio.

The payload featured custom built BIB (Bus to Payload Interface Card ), a custom-built, half-duplex TT&C radio, and experimental LRM (Low Rate Modem) used for the primary communications experiments, and a custom-build deployable dual-antenna with a central UHF (TT&C) monopole surrounded by a quadrifiler helix antenna.

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COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Pumpkin

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
QbX-1 Reentry 2011-01-06. Was operational. 2010-12-08 295 km, 34.5 deg
QbX-2 Reentry 2011-01-16. Was operational. 2010-12-08 295 km, 34.5 deg

Last modified: 2023-06-08
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