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UCLSat (QB50 GB03)

UCLSat (University College London Satellite) is a 2U-CubeSat for technolgy development and upper atmosphere science. It is developed and built at the MSSL,University College London.

UCLSat provides demonstration of in-house technology development and carries two payloads to monitor the space environment. The first, Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) is a common instrument across a number of the QB50 satellites. The second contains a suite of sensors to analyse the energetic particle and magnetic field environment. Data from these instruments will be transmitted to ground.

It is a part of the QB50 constellation to gather science data in the upper layers of the troposphere in the altitude range from 350 km down to 200 km. The QB50 project, which will demonstrate the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world as a primary payload on a low-cost launch vehicle to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

It carries a Science Unit (SU) named INMS (Ion/Neutral Mass Spectrometer) for sampling of low mass ionized and neutral particles in lower thermosphere, such as O, O2, and N2.

The satellite is one of six QB50 science satellites, which were to be launched on a Dnepr rocket on the QB50-DS flight. As the availability of Dnepr has become doubtful, they were transfered to an Indian PSLV-XL launch.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Technology, atmosphere
Operator: MSSL,University College London
Contractors: MSSL,University College London
Equipment: INMS
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
UCLSat (QB50 GB03) - 2017 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with EMIsat ?, SPaDEx ?, CE-SAT 1, Max Valier Sat, Venta 1, Blue Diamond, Green Diamond, Red Diamond, PicSat, COMPASS 2, InflateSail, LituanicaSAT 2, URSA MAIOR, NUDTSat, Pegasus, VZLUsat 1, Aalto 1, ROBUSTA 1B, ?

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