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MiTEE 1

MiTEE [University of Michigan]

MiTEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment) is a CubeSat mission developed by the University of Michigan to utilize CubeSat capabilities to deploy a picosatellite body of approximately 8 cm 8 cm 2 cm from a 3U CubeSat to demonstrate and assess an ultra-small satellite electrodynamic tether in the space environment where the fundamental dynamics and plasma electrodynamics.

The Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment (MiTEE) mission will utilize CubeSat capabilities to deploy a picosatellite body of approximately 8 cm 8 cm 2 cm from a 3U CubeSat to demonstrate and assess an ultra-small satellite electrodynamic tether in the space environment where the fundamental dynamics and plasma electrodynamics. The miniature electrodynamic tethers (few meters long) have potential to provide propellantless propulsion, passive 2-axis attitude stabilization, and enhanced communication utility to the next generation of small satellites.

It was selected in 2015 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program. It is baselined to fly in 2018 on the ELaNa 20 mission on a LauncherOne rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Michigan
Contractors: University of Michigan
Equipment: Miniature electrodynamic tether system
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
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Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MiTEE 1 - 2018 Mo LauncherOne with INCA, ALBus, CACTUS 1, ExoCube 2, MicroMAS 2b, PolarCube, Q-PACE, TechEdSat 7, RadFxSat 2, CAPE 3, PICS 1, PICS 2, SHFT 2 , IMPACT 2A, IMPACT 2B