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HiLITE (High Latitude Ionospheric Thermospheric Experiment) was a nanosatellite project of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder to built a 3U-CubeSat to test an ionospheric photometer.

HiLITE was a mission to demonstrate a new 1U ionospheric photometer and a new 0.5U attitude determination and control system (ADCS) with unprecedented pointing capabilities (0.01° 3-sigma in all axes). It was to provide a pathway to advance the technology readiness level of a novel cubesat ADCS system and an ionospheric photometer.

The payload was to consist of the High Performance Attitude Control for CubeSats and NanoSats (XACT) system, the ASTRA Ionospheric Photometer and the 0.5U attitude determination and control system (ADCS).

HiLITE was selected in 2013 for launch with NASA’s ELaNa program. HiLITE was soon after cancelled and replaced by MinXSS for the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research, solar
Operator: University of Colorado at Boulder
Contractors: University of Colorado at Boulder
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: none
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 4 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
HiLITE - cancelled (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?