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AeroCube 4

AeroCube 4 [The Aerospace Corporation]

AeroCube-4 was a CubeSat technology demonstration mission within the PicoSat Program of The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA, USA. The AeroCube-4 CubeSat series of 3 spacecraft was also designated as AC4-A, AC4-B and AC4-C. Two of the Aerospace-4 CubeSats were built for a national security agency. The third CubeSat was built for the for SMC/XR (Space and Missile Systems Center/Development Planning Directorate). The 3 satellite AeroCube-4 constellation was operated by The Aerospace Corporation.

The SMC/XR AeroCube-4 was a CubeSat with a 1U form factor and a mass of ~1.2 kg that contains various “first of a kind” mission technologies, including solar panel wings that close and open to tune the ballistic coefficient enabling efficient formation flying, three-axis attitude control to 1º absolute accuracy.

AeroCube 4A and 4B, also called the AeroCube 4.5 series, were successfully launched with AeroCube 4 and implement a smallsat communications tech demonstration.

AeroCube 4C consists a launch vehicle environment data logger, which measures launch vibration in-situ, and contains a deorbit drag device that will be mechanically deployed at the end of its primary mission (size of 0.3 m2).

All three satellites were successfully launched on an Atlas-5(401) rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: The Aerospace Corporation
Contractors: The Aerospace Corporation
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable and retractable solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AeroCube 4A (AC 4-A) 2012-048K 13.09.2012 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 10A, Intruder 10B, CINEMA 1, CSSWE, Aeneas, SMDC-ONE 2.1, SMDC-ONE 2.2, STARE A, CXBN, AeroCube 4B, AeroCube 4C, CP 5, OUTSat
AeroCube 4B (AC 4-B) 2012-048L 13.09.2012 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 10A, Intruder 10B, CINEMA 1, CSSWE, Aeneas, SMDC-ONE 2.1, SMDC-ONE 2.2, STARE A, CXBN, AeroCube 4A, AeroCube 4C, CP 5, OUTSat
AeroCube 4C (AC 4-C) 2012-048M 13.09.2012 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 10A, Intruder 10B, CINEMA 1, CSSWE, Aeneas, SMDC-ONE 2.1, SMDC-ONE 2.2, STARE A, CXBN, AeroCube 4A, AeroCube 4B, CP 5, OUTSat

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