CanX 2 [UTIAS]
CanX-2 (Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiments) is the second nanosatellite within the Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXpermiment (CanX) program at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS/SFL).
At 3.5 kilograms and the size of a carton of milk, CanX-2 will be a pathfinder mission that will launch on April 28, 2008 to evaluate novel technologies that will be used on the CanX-4 / CanX-5 dual satellite mission in 2008 to demonstrate controlled formation flying in space. Formation flying technology will open the door to larger missions for high resolution Earth observation and interferometric imaging that can also be used for space astronomy. The technologies to be tested include a novel propulsion system, custom radios, innovative attitude sensors and actuators, and a commercial GPS receiver.
In addition to evaluating these miniature technologies, the satellite will also perform experiments for other university researchers across Canada. These include a GPS radio occultation experiment to characterize the upper atmosphere (Calgary), an atmospheric spectrometer to measure greenhouse gases (York), a network communications experiment (Carleton), and a space materials experiments (Toronto).
The design (a "triple cube") will advance upon the original Stanford CubeSat concept and adopt the lessons learned from its predecessor, CanX-1.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||UTIAS (University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|CanX 2||28.04.2008||Sr SLP||PSLV-CA||with Cartosat 2A, IMS 1, CanX 6, AAUSAT 2, Cute 1.7 + APD II, COMPASS 1, Delfi C3, SEEDS 2, Rubin 8-AIS|