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TOMSat R3 (AeroCube 11)

The AeroCube 11 (AC11) or R3 spectral satellite is a multispectral, pushbroom imager that flies the Landsat-8 visible bands in a 3U Cubesat package.

It will demonstrate the utility of CubeSats to perform remote-sensing missions at a performance level comparable to that of larger spacecraft. The bus includes a 2.5-cm-diameter telescope paired with a visible-light sensor, 3-axis attitude control, 8 GB of image storage space, and a laser transmitter to downlink the images at a very high rate (up to 200Mbit/sec). The project began in mid-2014 and will be delivered in mid-2017, to be launched into a 500-km, 85-deg inclination circular orbit. With a ground sample resolution of 40 m and a field of view close to 50 km, the payload will produce data useful for agricultural and mineral surveys and coastal water quality monitoring, among other applications.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Aerospace Corporation
Contractors: Aerospace Corporation
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 3 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TOMSat R3 (AeroCube 11) - 2017 OnS LC-1 Electron with ANDESITE, CeREs, CHOMPTT, Da Vinci, ISX, NMTSat, RSat-P, Shields 1, STF 1, CubeSail 1, CubeSail 2, GeoStare, TOMSat Eagle Scout, SHFT 1