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Virginia 1, 2, 3

The Virginia CubeSat Constellation consists of a 3 1U CubeSat mission by the Old Dominion Research Foundation to .

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 Research Foundation
Contractors: Old Dominion Research Foundation
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Virginia 1 - 2018 (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?, CIRiS, CAPSat, TJREVERB, SASSI2, CySat 1, TechEdSat 8, Virginia 2, 3, SPACE-HAUC, SOCRATES
Virginia 2 - 2018 (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?, CIRiS, CAPSat, TJREVERB, SASSI2, CySat 1, TechEdSat 8, Virginia 1, 3, SPACE-HAUC, SOCRATES
Virginia 3 - 2018 (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?, CIRiS, CAPSat, TJREVERB, SASSI2, CySat 1, TechEdSat 8, Virginia 1, 2, SPACE-HAUC, SOCRATES