CLICK (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK) is a two satellite 3U CubeSat technology missio by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, consisting of two 3U full-duplex laser communication terminals capable of supporting data rates of up to 20 Mbps at separations from 25 km to 580 km.
The Click mission consists of two 1.5U CubeSat payloads integrated in two 3U CubeSat to demonstrate lasercomcrosslinks between two LEO CubeSats. The project designed, analyzed, and prototyped a transceiver capable of 20 Mbps data rate crosslinks at ranges of over 500 km. This low-cost, scalable system could enable new classes of small satellite missions like swarms for remote sensing or global constellations for communications.
Both satellites will be deployed attached as a single object in orbit and then seperate from each other. The seperated satellites will drift away enableing laser cross link testing at different distances. 5 km after 2.3 says, 25 km after 11.4 days, 100 km after 44.7 days, 500 km after 127.8 days and 1000 km after 188.1 days. At the end of the mission the satellites will reenter the earth's atmosphere.
It was selected in 2018 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Space Systems Laboratory|
|Contractors:||Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Space Systems Laboratory|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|CLICK 1||-||(via NASA ELaNa program)||with ?, CLICK 2|
|CLICK 2||-||(via NASA ELaNa program)||with ?, CLICK 1|