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ConSat 1

ConSat 1 [ESA]

The Canadian ConSat-1 3U CubeSat, built by Space Concordia, aims to analyze radiation characteristics in the South-Atlantic Anomaly, and test technology payloads. Space Concordia is a team of Concordia University Engineering students who want to learn the techniques and processes of astronautical engineering.

The South-Atlantic Anomaly is a plasma cloud 200 km from the Earth’s surface, located above the east coast of South America. It appears to be constantly growing in size and a NASA report speculates that by 2240 it might cover approximately half the southern hemisphere. ConSat-1 is to investigate various aspects of the plasma cloud: its temperature, its atomic and molecular composition, its density, and its volume.

Canada is an Associate Member of the European Space Agency (ESA) and ConSat-1 is one of the educational CubeSats chosen for Phase 1 of ESA's ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ initiative, although it was not selected for launch. ConSat-1 has been completed, but lacking a öaunch opportunity, it was put on hold in favor of the second satellite.

A second Cubesat, ConSat 2, later renamed Aleksandr, is being built to study the long-term performance of a new self-healing material in a microgravity environment.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Space Concordia
Contractors: Space Concordia
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ConSat 1 - with ?
Aleksandr (ex ConSat 2) - with ?

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