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ISARA

ISARA [JPL]

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Contractors: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pumpkin Inc. (bus)
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Deployable fixed solar array, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ISARA - 2017 with ?, BlackSky Pathfinder 2, Arkyd 6A, Corvus-BC 3, EcAMSat, ITASAT 1, CNUSail 1, DIDO 1, ICE-Cap, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, CANYVAL-X 1, CANYVAL-X 2, STEP Cube Lab, OCSD B, OCSD C, Fox 1C, Fox 1D, PropCube 2, skCUBE, SUCHAI