S-CUBE or S3 (Shootingstar Sensing Satellite) is Japanese 3U Cubesat project for observation of meteors from low earth orbit.
S-CUBE is a partnership between Planetary Exploration Research Center of Chiba Institute of Technology (PERC/Chitech) in Narashino and Tohoku University in Sendai.
The 3U satellite bus is developed on the base of the Raiko cubesat. It features 3-axis magnetic torquers and gravity-gradient stabilization by an extendible boom.
The scientific instruments consist of a CCD camera inherited from SpriteSat and a Photomultiplier tube (PMT) for detection at ultraviolet wavelengths.
The S-CUBE mission has following goals:
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||PERC/Chitech, Tohoku University|
|Contractors:||PERC/Chitech, Tohoku University|
|Equipment:||CCD camera, PMT|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||397 km × 408 km, 51.6°|
|S-CUBE||1998-067GY||19.08.2015||Ta YLP-2||H-2B-304||with HTV 5, Flock-2b 1, ..., 14, SERPENS, GOMX 3, AAUSAT 5|