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DelFFi Delta, Phi

DelFFi Delta, Phi [Technical University of Delft]

The dutch DelFFi project is the third satellite project within the Delfi program of the Technical University of Delft. The objective of the DelFFi mission is to demonstrate autonomous formation flying between Delta and Phi.

The objectives of the DelFFi mission are threefold:

  • Demonstrate autonomous formation flying using various Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) architectures.
  • Facilitate students with hands-on experience and cutting-edge technology.
  • Characterize low thermosphere with enhanced scientific return by using distributed observation on various geometric baselines.

DelFFi utilizes two identical triple-unit Cubesats of TU Delft which are advanced versions of the Delfi-n3Xt platform.

The GAMALINK is an advanced communications platform relying on the flexibility of Software-Defined Radio (SDR). It empowers the formation of mobile wireless ad hoc networks in space, benefitting from technology that has already been vastly tested to provide connectivity in the most demanding environments on the ground. GAMALINK also delivers accurate position determination based on GPS, which provides absolute position and timing information that may be used to achieve synchronization between satellites.

Nation: Netherlands
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Technical University of Delft
Contractors: Technical University of Delft
Equipment: GAMALINK
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion:
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3 month
Mass: 3.6 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DelFFi Delta - 201x with ?
DelFFi Phi - 201x with ?

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