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TechEdSat 5 (TES 5)

TechEdSat 5 [NASA]

TechEdSat 5 (Technical and Educational Satellite 5) is a 3.5U CubeSat. It was built as a conjoined project between San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of Idaho as a collaborative engineering project, with oversight from the NASA Ames Research Center.

The TechEdSat-5 satelliteis based on the TechEdSat-4 design, but using an enlarged 3.5U CubeSat bus. It will introduce a modulating exo-brake capable of changing its surface area allowing the satellite to more precisely enter the atmosphere.

TechEdSat 5 has following science and mission objectives:

  • Establish improved uncertainty analysis for eventual controlled flight through the Thermosphere (perform detailed comparison to the TES-3 and TES-4 with respect to key Thermosphere variable uncertainty).
  • Improve prediction of re-entry location.
  • Provide the base technology for sample return technology from orbital platforms.
  • Provide the eventual testing of independent TDRV-based planetary missions
  • Provide engineering data for an On-Orbit Tracking Device that could improve the prediction of jettisoned material from the ISS.

The satellite was launched on board of HTV 6 on an H-2B-304 rocket to be delivered to the International Space Station, from where it will be deployed at a later date.

Nation: USA
Type, Application: Technology, education
Operator: SJSU, University of Idaho, NASA Ames Research Center
Contractors: SJSU, University of Idaho, NASA Ames Research Center
Equipment: Solar cells, batteries
Configuration: CubeSat (3.5U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 10 days
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TechEdSat 5 (TES 5) 1998-067 09.12.2016 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with EDT, TechEdSat 5, EGG, TuPOD, AOBA-VELOX 3, STARS C, FREEDOM, ITF 2, Waseda-SAT 3, OSNSAT, Tancredo 1

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