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LiDAR CubeSat

LiDAR CubeSat with Target attached [Georgia Tech]

LiDAR CubeSat [Georgia Tech]

The LiDAR CubeSat is a 3U CubeSat technology demonstration mission to design and test Cubesat with a Miniaturized LiDAR imaging camera and a deployable inflatable that will serve as the lidar camera’s primary imaging target to demonstrate cm-level altimetry precision over tens of kilometers.

The applications for a compact laser altimetry system are numerous, and are particularly valuable for planetary missions involving the topographic mapping of planetary bodies such as moons and near-Earth asteroids.

The LiDAR CubeSat and its target will be launched together in a 3U form factor. On orbit, the satellite deploys the target subsatellte, which unfolds a large optical target. LiDAR CubeSat will then acquire the target and begins imaging, until the target drifts out of range.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Contractors: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Equipment: Miniaturized LiDAR imaging camera
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
LiDAR CubeSat - (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?, LiDAR CubeSat Target
LiDAR CubeSat Target - (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?, LiDAR CubeSat

References:

  • Georgia Tech Space Systems Design Laboratory: Research