CubeSail is a cubesat mission for upper atmospheric research designed and built by the department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The CubeSail mission is a low-cost demonstration of the UltraSail solar sailing concept, using two near-identical 1.5U CubeSat satellites to deploy a 260 m-long, 20 m2 reflecting film. The two satellites are launched as a unit, detumbled, and separated, with the film unwinding symmetrically from motorized reels. The conformity to the CubeSat specification allows for reduction in launch costs as a secondary payload and utilization of the University of Illinois-developed spacecraft bus.
The CubeSail demonstration is the first in a series of increasingly-complex missions aimed at validating several spacecraft subsystems, including attitude determination and control, the separation release unit, reel-based film deployment, as well as the dynamical behavior of the sail and on-orbit solar propulsion.
It was selected in 2012 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aerospace Engineering|
|Contractors:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aerospace Engineering|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|CubeSail 1||-||2017||OnS LC-1||Electron||with ANDESITE, CeREs, CHOMPTT, Da Vinci, ISX, NMTSat, RSat-P, Shields 1, STF 1, CubeSail 2, GeoStare, TOMSat Eagle Scout, TOMSat R3, SHFT 1|
|CubeSail 2||-||2017||OnS LC-1||Electron||with ANDESITE, CeREs, CHOMPTT, Da Vinci, ISX, NMTSat, RSat-P, Shields 1, STF 1, CubeSail 1, GeoStare, TOMSat Eagle Scout, TOMSat R3, SHFT 1|