The INSPIRE (Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In a Relevant Environment) mission is a two satellite mission to demonstrate the usefulness of cubesats for functionality, communication, navigation and payload hosting in interplanetary space.
INSPIRE is a NASA JPL partnership with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; and the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope.
The satellites are built to the 3U-CubeSat form factor and feature a cold gas attitude control system. They will be launched piggyback and deployed to an escape trajectory.
The mission objectives are:
The objective is to place both nanosatellites into an Earth-escape orbit. The nominal INSPIRE mission will last for three months and will achieve an expected Earth-probe distance of 1.5 × 108 km (depending upon the escape velocity).
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Contractors:||Jet Propulsion Laboratory (prime); Pumpkin (bus)|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|INSPIRE A||-||(via NASA ELaNa program)||with ?, INSPIRE B|
|INSPIRE B||-||(via NASA ELaNa program)||with ?, INSPIRE A|