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OptiCube 4 (O/C 4)

OptiCube 4 [CalPoly]

The OptiCube 4 (O/C 4 or Optical Cube) satellite, developed by Cal Poly, is a 2U CubeSats to provide on-orbit targets for ground assets to calibrate sensors for orbital debris studies and small-object tracking improvements.

The OptiCube satellites are completely passive and the only differences between them are exterior coating materials.

These satellites were produced as a back-up on short notice on request of the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office and the Air Force's Starfire Optical Range, when it became clear, that the U2U was not available for the launch on the ENTERPRISE mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Calibration
Operator: NASA Orbital Debris Program Office, US Air Force Starfire Optical Range
Contractors: Cal Poly Picosatellite Project (PolySat)
Equipment: None
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: None
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: 573 km × 585 km, 97.97 (#4)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
OptiCube 4 2016-067D 11.11.2016 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with WorldView 4, RAVAN, Aerocube 8C, Aerocube 8D, Prometheus 2.1, Prometheus 2.3, CELTEE 1

References:

Further OptiCube missions: