Please make a donation to support Gunter's Space Page.
Thank you very much for visiting Gunter's Space Page. I hope that this site is useful and informative for you.
If you appreciate the information provided on this site, please consider supporting my work by making a simple and secure donation via PayPal. Please help to run the website and keep everything free of charge. Thank you very much.

VCC A, B, C (Aeternitas, Libertas, Ceres)

VCC [VirginiaTech]

The VCC or Virginia CubeSat Constellation mission consists of a three 1U CubeSats. The mission is jointly conducted by four universities from Virginia, the Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Tech (VT), the University of Virginia (UVA) and Hampton University (HU). ODU, VT, and UVA are building CubeSats and HU provides post-mission support anddata analysis. The mission is led by the Old Dominion Research Foundation.

The Virginia CubeSat Constellation mission to deploy three 1U CubeSats simultaneously to meet both science and technology objectives. The science objective will be to obtain measurements of the orbital decay of multiple satellites to obtain in situ quantification of atmospheric drag and the variability of atmospheric properties. The technology objective will be to evaluate and demonstrate a system to determine and communicate relative and absolute spacecraft position across an orbiting constellation. This objective will support the science investigation but will also demonstrate that small, low-power radios (both traditional and software defined radios, or SDRs) can be used for assessing relative satellite separation distances in constellation missions.

The satellites carry a software defined radio.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Tech (VT), University of Virginia (UVA)
Contractors: Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Tech (VT), University of Virginia (UVA)
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VCC A (Aeternitas) - 2018 WI LC-0A Antares-230 with Cygnus CRS-10, TechEdSat 8, CAPSat, CySat 1, HARP, KickSat 2, OPAL, Phoenix, SPACE-HAUC, UNITE, TJREVERB, VCC B, C, Światowid, KrakSat
VCC B (Libertas) - 2018 WI LC-0A Antares-230 with Cygnus CRS-10, TechEdSat 8, CAPSat, CySat 1, HARP, KickSat 2, OPAL, Phoenix, SPACE-HAUC, UNITE, TJREVERB, VCC A, C, Światowid, KrakSat
VCC C (Ceres) - 2018 WI LC-0A Antares-230 with Cygnus CRS-10, TechEdSat 8, CAPSat, CySat 1, HARP, KickSat 2, OPAL, Phoenix, SPACE-HAUC, UNITE, TJREVERB, VCC A, B, Światowid, KrakSat

References: