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NPS-SCAT

NPS-SCAT [NPS]

The NPS-SCAT (Naval Postgraduate School Solar Cell Array Tester) is a 1U CubeSat in development by the Space Systems Academic Group at NPS.

The objective of the NPS-SCAT CubeSat program is to provide a responsive platform to test solar cells in orbit while focusing on the education of NPS students. In addition, the knowledge gained from this CubeSat will be used to further develop the CubeSat program at NPS. The CubeSat development program educates NPS Space Systems military officer and civilian students in the full life cycle of space flight systems with the goal of providing a trained, educated, and experienced cadres of space professionals.

The NPS-SCAT CubeSat takes a single experiment from the NPSAT1 satellite, the Solar Cell Measurement System (SMS), as its payload. This experiment measures the characteristics of a solar cell to gain an understanding of how the experimental solar cells degrade over time due to interactions with the space environment. The supporting subsystems are fulfulled primarily by commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components, including the command and data handling subsystem, electrical power subsystem, and the primary communications subsystem.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: USAF STP (Space Test Program)
Contractors: NPS
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NPS-SCAT 2013-064K 20.11.2013 WI LA-0B Minotaur-1 with STPSat 3, ORS 3, ORSES, ORS Tech 1, ORS Tech 2, SENSE 1, SENSE 2, Ho`oponopono 2, Firefly, STARE B (Horus), Prometheus 1, Prometheus 2, Prometheus 3, Prometheus 4, Prometheus 5, Prometheus 6, Prometheus 7, Prometheus 8, Black Knight 1, COPPER, ChargerSat 1, TJ3Sat, Trailblazer 1, Vermont Lunar Cubesat, SwampSat, CAPE 2, DragonSat 1, KySat 2, PhoneSat v2.4

References:

  • Naval Postgraduate School Website
Further STP missions: