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Carbonite 1 (CBNT 1)

Carbonite 1 [SSTL]

Carbonite 1 or CBNT 1 is a microsatellite for technology demostrations built by SSTL.

The mission is to test some technical EO capabilities, new process and rapid-build techniques. Carbonite uses a commercial off-the-shelf camera and 0.25 m telescope to acquire videos and still pictures of Earth. Both modes show features on the ground down to a size of 1.5 m. The telescope can be disassembled and integrated into a new specially designed framework in 5 days.

The satellite also incorporates an Icarus-3 drag sail from Cranfield University, which will be deployed at the end of its mission to accelerate deorbiting.

The 91 kg satellite was launched piggy-back on an Indian PSLV-XL launch vehicle.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation
Operator: SSTL
Contractors: SSTL
Configuration: SSTL-42
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 91 kg
Orbit: 636 km × 658 km, 98.05
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Carbonite 1 (CBNT 1) 2015-032D 10.07.2015 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with DMC-3 1, DMC-3 2, DMC-3 3, DeOrbitSail


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