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ION CubeSat Carrier

ION CubeSat Carrier [D-Orbit]

The ION CubeSat Carrier (InOrbit NOW ), developed by Italian company D-Orbit, is a free flying CubeSat deployer and technology demonstrator, will be launched on Vega in 2019 from the Guiana Space Center, Europeís Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The CubeSat carrier will host several CubeSats to be deployed once in orbit.

Positioned in a sun-synchronous orbit at 500 km, ION CubeSat Carrier will deploy the hosted CubeSats one by one along the orbit in precise orbital slots, according to customerís specifications. After the CubeSat deployment phase, which may last up to one month, ION CubeSat Carrier will initiate the in-orbit validation phase of payloads directly integrated on the platform.

ION CubeSat Carrier is manifested on the first Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) on a Vega launch vehicle in early 2019.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: D-Orbit
Contractors: D-Orbit
Equipment: CubeSat deployers
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~100 kg
Orbit: 500 km SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ION CubeSat Carrier - 2019 Ko ELV Vega with Athena, ?

References:

  • D-Orbit: Arianespace and D-Orbit sign contract to launch ION Cubesat Carrier nn Vega SSMS POC Flight, 2 May 2018