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i-INSPIRE 2 (QB50 AU03)

i-INSPIRE 2 [University of Sydney]

i-INSPIRE 2 is an Australian 2U-CubeSat designed by University of Sydney participating in the QB50 project.

The QB50 project, which will demonstrate the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world as a primary payload on a low-cost launch vehicle to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

As a payload for QB50, the satellite carries a multineedle Langmuir probe (mNLP) sampling the electron density of the space around it.

At the same time it will carry three scientific instruments to fulfill the observation in orbit. It carrries a small COTS low resolution imager, the in-house developed NanoSpec Photonic spectrograph and a Geiger radiation counter. Furthermore, the drivers for each instrument are designed and implemented on the MSP430 processor.

The satellite will be launched with the bulk of the QB50 constellation to the ISS in 2017, from where they will be deployed.

Nation: Australia
Type / Application: Technology, thermospheric research
Operator: University of Sydney
Contractors: University of Sydney
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: ~ 6 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
i-INSPIRE 2 (QB50 AU03) - 2017 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, IceCube, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, Biarri-Point, Lemur-2 30, ..., 34?

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