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CAPSat [University of Illinois]

The CAPSat (Cooling, Annealing, Pointing Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat a technology demonstration mission for CubeSat navigation and control.

CAPSat will investigate three unique science experiments utilizing the onboard payloads:

  • strain-actuated deployable panels
  • an active thermal system for small spacecraft
  • single-photon avalanche detectors (SPAD)

It was selected in 2017 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Contractors: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CAPSat - 2021 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-22, iROSA 1, iROSA 2, BeaverCube, CaNOP, EagleSat 2, PR_CuNaR 2, SPACE-HAUC, Stratus, RamSat, Alpha, ARKSAT 1