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HuskySat 1

The HuskySat 1 (x) is a 3U CubeSat mission by the University of Washington, Seattle, built as a precursor for a Lunar Magnetic Field Mapper CubeSat .

It is a technology demonstration mission of an onboard plasma propulsion and high gain telemetry for Low Earth Orbit that would be a precursor for an attempt at a larger 6U CubeSat designed for orbital insertion at the Moon. The ultimate goal is to develop a CubeSat system that would enable more extensive mapping of solar system objects including the Lunar magnetic anomalies.

The proposed plasma propulsion system will use a pulsed plasma thruster using sulfur as its propellant. This system offers higher specific thrust than Teflon equivalents and as such would provide an important resource for CubeSats for orbital maneuvers.

Additionally a 24 and 26 GHz K-band transmission system will be tested from LEO.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Washington, Seattle
Contractors: University of Washington, Seattle
Configuration: CubeSat (xU)
Propulsion: Teflon pulsed plasma thruster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: x kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
HuskySat 1 - (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?