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PlanetiQ 1, ..., 12

PlanetiQ 1 [PlanetiQ]

PlanetiQ is a planned constellation of small satellites to provide radio occultation data for weather forecasting, climate research, and space weather monitoring, with the first satellites to be launched in late 2016.

Blue Canyon Technologies of Boulder, Colorado, will build a set of 12 6U CubeSat satellites, each carrying a Global Positioning System radio occultation payload. The satellites will feauture an on-board propulsion, each weighing less than 20 kilograms. The satellites will operate in orbits of 750 to 800 kilometers at an inclination of 72.

PlanetiQ has been separately developing its GPS radio occultation sensor, called Pyxis, that measures signals from all four major GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou) as those signals pass through the atmosphere. Those measurements provide soundings of the atmosphere that can be fed into weather forecasting models.

One tradeoff that PlanetiQ did have to make by moving to the smaller Cubesat type satellite is the elimination of a real-time data relay system in at least the first six satellites. Instead, the satellites will use a network of ground stations, which should delay the receipt of data by no more than 90 minutes.

PlanetiQ plans to launch its first two satellites in the fall of 2016, four more in the summer of 2017 with the remaining six to launch by the end of 2017. Those satellites will be launched as secondary payloads, which the company is in the process of negotiating.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth sciences
Operator: PlanetiQ
Contractors: Blue Canyon Technologies (satellite); PlanetiQ (instrument)
Equipment: Pyxis RO sensor
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: < 20 kg
Orbit: 750 to 800 km, 72
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PlanetiQ 1 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?
PlanetiQ 2 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?
PlanetiQ 3 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 4, PlanetiQ 5, PlanetiQ 6
PlanetiQ 4 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 3, PlanetiQ 5, PlanetiQ 6
PlanetiQ 5 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 3, PlanetiQ 4, PlanetiQ 6
PlanetiQ 6 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 3, PlanetiQ 4, PlanetiQ 5
PlanetiQ 7 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 8, PlanetiQ 9, PlanetiQ 10, PlanetiQ 11, PlanetiQ 12
PlanetiQ 8 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 7, PlanetiQ 9, PlanetiQ 10, PlanetiQ 11, PlanetiQ 12
PlanetiQ 9 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 7, PlanetiQ 8, PlanetiQ 10, PlanetiQ 11, PlanetiQ 12
PlanetiQ 10 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 7, PlanetiQ 8, PlanetiQ 9, PlanetiQ 11, PlanetiQ 12
PlanetiQ 11 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 7, PlanetiQ 8, PlanetiQ 9, PlanetiQ 10, PlanetiQ 12
PlanetiQ 12 - 2017 Sr PSLV with ?, PlanetiQ 7, PlanetiQ 8, PlanetiQ 9, PlanetiQ 10, PlanetiQ 11