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SNaP

SNaP [SMDC]

The SNaP (SMDC Nanosatellite Program) are experimental 3U cubesats built for the US Army SMDC with a mission to develop user software-defined radios to provide beyond-line-of-sight communication for disadvantaged users in remote locations.

The missions will demonstrate nanosatellite communication capabilities as a continuation of the SMDC-ONE program. These are much more capable in the communication arena and are a much more robust version of the previous SMDC nanosatellites. This is a Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration that will focus on voice and data communications beyond line of sight and improved access to high value information.

Another difference from previous satellites is that this is the SMDC's first cubesat series with propulsion capability, attitude control and SMDC's first with deployable solar arrays for battery charging. They have five times the data rate of the SMDC-ONE satellites. On the zenith side, the satellites have four deployable solar arrays, while the nadir side features four pop-up UHF antennas.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: US Army SMDC
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: ?
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SNaP 2013-072G 06.12.2013 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(501) with Topaz 3, ALICE, SMDC-ONE 3.1, SMDC-ONE 3.2, TacSat 6, FIREBIRD FU1, FIREBIRD FU2, AeroCube 5A, AeroCube 5B, CUNYSAT 1, IPEX, M-Cubed/COVE 2
SNaP-3 ALICE 2015-058G 08.10.2015 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 7A, Intruder 7B, SNaP-3 EDDIE, SNaP-3 JIMI, LMRSTSat, SINOD-D 1, SINOD-D 3, AeroCube 5C, OCSD A, ARC 1, BisonSat, Fox 1A, PropCube 1, PropCube 3
SNaP-3 EDDIE 2015-058J 08.10.2015 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 7A, Intruder 7B, SNaP-3 ALICE, SNaP-3 JIMI, LMRSTSat, SINOD-D 1, SINOD-D 3, AeroCube 5C, OCSD A, ARC 1, BisonSat, Fox 1A, PropCube 1, PropCube 3
SNaP-3 JIMI 2015-058M 08.10.2015 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(401) with Intruder 7A, Intruder 7B, SNaP-3 ALICE, SNaP-3 EDDIE, LMRSTSat, SINOD-D 1, SINOD-D 3, AeroCube 5C, OCSD A, ARC 1, BisonSat, Fox 1A, PropCube 1, PropCube 3

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