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Cislunar Explorers

Cislunar Explorers [Cornell University]

Cislunar Explorers is a planned nanosat mission by Cornell University, which was selected by NASA's CubeQuest Challenge.

The Cislunar Explorers are a pair of streamlined, sustainable spacecraft on a mission to orbit the Moon. They act as self-propelled engineering demonstrations, proving the technology readiness of water as rocket fuel, simple optical navigation, and more. Key subsystems complement each other in a symbiotic design aimed at reducing the cost and complexity of space exploration.

Cislunar Explorers consists of two L-shaped satellites, which fit together in the 6U CubeSat standard.

Cislunar Explorers is one of 13 cubesats planned to be carried with the Orion EM1 mission into a heliocentric orbit in cis-lunar space on the maiden flight of the SLS (Block 1) iCPS launch vehicle in 2019.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology, lunar orbiter
Operator: Cornell University
Contractors: Cornell University
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: Electrolysis Propulsion truster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~14 kg
Orbit: Solar orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Cislunar Explorer A - 2019 CCK LC-39B SLS (Block 1) iCPS with Orion EM1, BioSentinel, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, SkyFire, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, Cislunar Explorer B, CU-E3, Miles
Cislunar Explorer B - 2019 CCK LC-39B SLS (Block 1) iCPS with Orion EM1, BioSentinel, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, SkyFire, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, Cislunar Explorer A, CU-E3, Miles