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Violet (Nanosat 6)

Violet [Cornell University]

Violet is a student satellite project of Cornell University. The mission is to design, build, and launch a satellite to demonstrate novel control moment gyroscope (CMG) steering laws along with an operationally responsive, high-agility space-imaging system.

Violet was selected as the second winner of the sixth University Nanosat mission for launch in 2013. It was to be transported by the Cygnus CRS-7 (OA 7) cargo mission in 2017 to the ISS, to be deployed from there.

The Violet program was put on hiatus before launch. The satellite is no longer in the University Nanosat Program and now being re-engineered as a technology demonstrator for the radar-satellite startup company Ursa Space Systems Inc.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology, astronomy
Operator: Cornell University
Contractors: Cornell University
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 50 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Violet (Nanosat 6) - cancelled CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(401) with Cygnus CRS-7, ?