ARAPAIMA [Embry Riddle]
ARAPAIMA (Application for RSO Automated Proximity Analysis and Imaging) is a 6U CubeSat mission developed by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which autonomously maneuvers in close proximity to a Resident Space Object (RSO) for visible, IR, and 3D imaging.
The main objectives of the ARAPAIMA project is to:
The satellite carries a visible light camera, an IR camera and a Laser range finder with a 2000 meter capability. For maneuvering it features a nanosat propulsion system consisting of eight 10 mN RCS thrusters in four clusters.
It was selected in 2014 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program, but has been later cancelled for the lack of funds.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Contractors:||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Equipment:||Visible light camera, IR camera, Laser range finder|
|Propulsion:||8 × 10 mN thrusters|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries|
|Mass:||6 kg ?|