Orion [Stanford Univ.]
Orion, a student-built mission designed to demonstrate navigation and control of formation flying microsatellites on-orbit, was to use for the first time carrier-phase differential GPS (CDGPS) for precise relative navigation (25 centimeters) of satellites in close proximity.
The Orion spacecraft have a cold-gas propulsion system for maneuvering the vehicles, allowing a real-time demonstration of formation flying control using various control modes and formation configurations. A successful Orion mission will demonstrate some of the key formation flying technologies required to form a "virtual spacecraft bus" for many future NASA and DoD science missions.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orion (SQUIRT 5)||-||cancelled||CCK LC-39||Shuttle||with ?|
Further University Nanosat Program (UNP) missions: