Dove 1 [Cosmogia]
The Dove-1 mission is a technology demonstration nanosatellite for Cosmogia Inc., later renamed Planet Labs, for remote sensing purposes based on the triple CubeSat form factor.
The goal of the mission is:
Dove-1 will do this by transmitting health and image data to the ground.
Dove-1 is based on the 3U cubesat form factor. Basic physical dimensions are 100 mm × 100 mm × 340 mm with a mass of approximately 6.0 kg. The Dove-1 superstructure is comprised of three 100 mm × 100 mm skeleton plates, with L rails along each 300 mm corner edge. There is one plate at each end of the structure to carry the telescope and camera mass. Additionally, there is a skeleton support structure behind the telescope to hold the required electronics. The optical path is down the central axis of the satellite. The design includes a spring-loaded lens flap to protect the optics during launch and to mount the S-band patch antenna.
Dove 1 is licensed to collect images of the Earth and will undertake a short-duration experimental mission in a circular, low-Earth orbit (approximately 250 km) at an inclination of 51.6°. The satellite was launched as a secondary payload on the maiden flight of the Antares-110 launch vehicle on 21. April 2013. Dove-1 provided earth imagery of a resolution to discern individual trees. It reentered after 6 days on 27. April 2013.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Cosmogia Inc. → Planet Labs|
|Contractors:||Cosmogia Inc. → Planet Labs|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||~14 days (#1)|
|Orbit:||280 km × 270 km, 51.6° (#1)|
|Dove 1||21.04.2013||WI LC-0A||Antares-110||with Cygnus Mass Simulator, PhoneSat v1a, PhoneSat v1b, PhoneSat v2a|