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ELEOsat [Taylor University]

ELEOsat (Extreme Low Earth Orbit Satellite) is a nanosatellite designed and built by engineering students at Taylor University in Upland. It is built on a 3U CubeSat form factor.

ELEOsat is to perform at orbital heights of 120-350 km extremely low in situ Ionosphere measurement for discovery and improving models (new Space Weather data).

The scientific objectives of ELEOsat are:

  • Make unique In situ Observations below 300 km (ELEO) in Ionosphere and atmosphere. Improve Models
  • Investigate LEP and VLF coupling in the Radiation Belt and Lightning effects in space
  • Space Weather: Determine ELEO electron density in lower Ionosphere and Energy flow

The technological objectives are:

  • Develop a low-cost reliable ELEO aerodynamic SAT for new data below 300 km with inter-spacecraft communication
  • Build plasma instrumentation for ELEO velocities/densities, Thermal and Flow Model
  • Deployable Antenna and Boom: Develop carbon fiber variable 3 m boom: deploy and retract.
  • Advanced Space Electronics: Flight test powerful mixed-mode FPGA - low power/size

ELEOsat will communicate via the Globalstar satellite communications network, so no ground station is needed.

It will have approximate 2-3 month flight time.

ELEOsat was selected via the eight University Nanosat mission. It will be launched either onboard of a cargo craft towards the International Space Station (ISS), from where it will be deployed or as a piggy-back payload on another rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Taylor University
Contractors: Taylor University
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: none
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit: 301 km × 332 km, 51.65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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