ISARA (Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna) is a US$5.5 million cubesat mission by Richard Hodges, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California and Pumpkin Inc. of San Francisco.
The goal of the ISARA mission is to increase the amount of data that a tiny satellite can transmit by turning its solar array into a reflector for the satellite’s communications antenna. The 3U cubesat is equipped with a large, deployable solar array that doubles as a Ka-band reflectenna providing 100 Mps of data downlink capability.
In February 2013, ISARA was down-selected for a launch opportunity through the NASA ELaNa program. Launch is planned in 2014.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)|
|Contractors:||Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pumpkin Inc. (bus)|
|Power:||Deployable fixed solar array, batteries|
|ISARA||-||2017||WI LC-0A||Antares-230||with Cygnus CRS-8, EcAMSat, Asgardia 1|