TechEdSat-13 (TES-13)

Name TechEdSat-13 (TES-13)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Operational (Presentation at CDW2022 and CDW2023)
Launched 2022-01-13
NORAD ID 51095
Deployer NLAS Mk. II [Tyvak]
Launcher LauncherOne
Organisation NASA Ames Research Center
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer NASA CSLI / ELaNa

Test several technologies intended to help better track and identify CubeSats.


Latest in a series of NASA student-intern built spacecraft, will be used to test several technologies intended to help better track and identify CubeSats and other small spacecraft from the ground.

TechEdSat-13, from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, is a 3U nanosatellite that carries a unique artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) module featuring the first orbital flight of a neuromorphic processor. This processor, the Intel Loihi, permits fast and efficient execution of AI/ML algorithms through a unique architecture that, in some ways, mimics the human brain.

In addition, there is a unique exo-atmospheric brake that will help rapidly de-orbit this and future nanosatellites. With this exo-brake technology, TechEdSat-13 will help address the accumulation and efficient disposal of orbital debris. This effort also helps to set the stage for autonomous navigation for nanosatellites to drop from orbit and reach their planned destination on Earth.


Mission is ongoing and active as of Spring 2023 at 468km, decaying at 162 m/day.

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Keywords License Plate Identification Tag, Tracking Enhancement Device

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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