UNITE (Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer)

Name UNITE (Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2021-10-19. Was operational? (Undated description on website checked on 2019-05-26 and Smallsat 2019)
Launched 2018-12-05
NORAD ID 44031
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Falcon 9 (CRS-16)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2019-01-31
Organisation Purdue University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by NearSpace Launch
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Partners University of Southern Indiana, NearSpace Launch (NSL)

Make a series of global measurements in the lower ionosphere to asses drag and compare against thermal models.


Make a series of global measurements in the lower ionosphere, take space weather measurements, assess drag, and take temperature measurements to compare against thermal models. Target the least explored layer of the atmosphere, the lower ionosphere. probe plasma density, determine drag characteristics of the vehicle, and measure temperature on the skin and in the interior of the spacecraft.

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COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - NearSpace Launch
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords Globalstar or Iridium or Inmarsat

Last modified: 2023-06-03
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