AeroCube 14 [The Aerospace Corporation]
The AeroCube 14 A & B or IMPACT 2A & 2B (), mission by The Aerospace Corporation consists two identical 3U CubeSats to demonstrate new star-tracker technology and test new nanotechnlogy materials and advanced solar cells in space. The investigation also tests a standardized interface for modular experiments that could reduce the challenges of integrating experiments onto a satellite and launching them into space. The satellites are part of the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO) IMPACT program, led by the Advanced Systems and Technology directorate.
These technologies to be evaluated include:
The satellites will be launched from the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer mounted to the external surface of the Cygnus CRS-12 spacecraft. The Cygnus spacecraft raises its orbit to an altitude of ~500 km following unberthing from the International Space Station (ISS).
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||The Aerospace Corporation|
|Contractors:||The Aerospace Corporation|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||459 km × 475 km, 51.64° (#14A, 14B)|
|AeroCube 14A (AC 14-A, IMPACT 2A)||2019-071D||02.11.2019||WI LC-0A||Antares-230+||with Cygnus CRS-12, STPSat 4, HARP, Phoenix, RadSat-u, SOCRATES, Argus 02, HuskySat 1, SwampSat 2, AeroCube 14B, AeroCube 15A, 15B, Orbital Factory 2|
|AeroCube 14B (AC 14-B, IMPACT 2B)||2019-071F||02.11.2019||WI LC-0A||Antares-230+||with Cygnus CRS-12, STPSat 4, HARP, Phoenix, RadSat-u, SOCRATES, Argus 02, HuskySat 1, SwampSat 2, AeroCube 14A, AeroCube 15A, 15B, Orbital Factory 2|