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ICE-Cap

ICE-Cap [US Navy]

ICE-Cap (Integrated Communications Extension Capability) is an experimental communications 3U CubeSat developed for the US Navy.

US Navy's PEO Space Systems, with support from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, is developing the ICE-Cap satellite.

The Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) provided the satellite bus (SMDC-ONE), which was built by Space Micro. The payload was provided by different contractors: the UHF software defined radio by Vulcan Wireless, the High Assurance IP Encryptor by InnoFlight, the high gain antenna by Physical Optics Corporation, the Omni antenna/Bus Integration/Flight Computer by Space Micro and the flight software by SSC PAC.

After launch in 2016, the system will demonstrate the ability to communicate through the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) to send data directly to users on secure networks. ICE-Cap also will show the ability to relay communications from a user near the North Pole to another user halfway around the world.

The mission's objectives are:

  • Demonstrate a cross-link from Low Earth Orbit to MUOS WCDMA in Geosynchronous Orbit
  • Polar UHF SATCOM relay using CubeSats
  • Mature and miniaturize radio, antenna and other technologies for potential responsive UHF SATCOM missions
Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communications
Operator: US Navy PEO Space Systems
Contractors: Space Micro
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ICE-Cap - 2017 with ?, BlackSky Pathfinder 2, EcAMSat, ITASAT 1, DIDO 1, ISARA, OCSD B, OCSD C, PropCube 2

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