Satellite name TechEdSat-5 (PhoneSat 5, TES-5)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3.5U
Status Reentry 2017-07-29. Was semi-operational, no commanding possible (Official presentation)
Launched 2016-12-09
NORAD ID 42066
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher H-IIB (H2B)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2017-03-06
Organization NASA Ames Research Center
Institution Space agency
Entity type Government (Civil / Military)
Country US
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Partners San Jose State University, University of Idaho

Demonstrate deployable device for precise deorbiting.


First "Modulated" Exobrake to target re-entry point. Updated Avionics, Radio, Iridium & GPS hardware. Digi XBee RF modules, taking the place of wired connections in the satellite, operated as wireless "data-crossroads" between TechEdSat 5 key components.

Establish improved uncertainty analysis for eventual controlled flight through the Thermosphere. Improve prediction of re-entry location. Provide the base technology for sample return technology from orbital platforms. Provide the eventual testing of independent TDRV-based planetary missions. Provide engineering data for an OnOrbit Tracking Device that could improve the prediction of jettisoned material from the ISS.

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Keywords Globalstar or Iridium or Inmarsat, De-orbit device

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