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M3

The M3 is a 3U CubeSat Microthruster Technology Demonstration Mission by the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

M3 is a technology demonstration mission that will validate operation and performance of a multi-mode micro-propulsion system.

The objectives are to:

  • fabricate a flight-version of the multi-mode propulsion system (propellant tank, feed system, thruster)
  • integrate the thruster system into a 3U CubeSat platform
  • conduct and complete CubeSat operational and environmental tests

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

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Contractors: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: Multi-mode thruster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
M3 - (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?