PICS (Passive Inspection CubeSat) is a technology demonstration mission of a spacecraft capable of performing inspection, maintenance and assembly on another spacecraft. It is developed by the Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
PICS consists of two 1U CubeSats. It will demonstrate ultrafast booting and power-up operation of system electronics and the low-risk inspection of the exterior of a spacecraft by a passive, flyaway probe. The two flight systems deployed simultaneously will enable the collection of image data from each other as well as the parent spacecraft.
PICS was selected in 2016 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program. It is baselined to fly in December 2017.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah|
|Contractors:||Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|PICS 1||-||2018||Mo||LauncherOne||with INCA, ALBus, CACTUS 1, ExoCube 2, MicroMAS 2b, MiTEE 1, PolarCube, Q-PACE, TechEdSat 7, RadFxSat 2, CAPE 3, PICS 2, SHFT 2 , IMPACT 2A, IMPACT 2B|
|PICS 2||-||2018||Mo||LauncherOne||with INCA, ALBus, CACTUS 1, ExoCube 2, MicroMAS 2b, MiTEE 1, PolarCube, Q-PACE, TechEdSat 7, RadFxSat 2, CAPE 3, PICS 1, SHFT 2 , IMPACT 2A, IMPACT 2B|