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CatSat [UoA]

CatSat is a 6U CubeSat mission developed by the University of Arizona, Tucson, as a technology and science demonstration mission that will be used to deploy and demonstrate an inflatable one-meter spherical antenna in Earth’s orbit.

The inflatable antenna will be used to communicate to ground at ~50 Mbps and transmit HD video in real time. A second, identical camera is onboard and will be used to image and verify deployment of the inflatable antenna. A secondary goal of the mission will be to deploy a whip antenna to measure Earth’s ionosphere.

It was selected in 2019 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology, ionosphere
Operator: University of Arizona
Contractors: University of Arizona
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CatSat - 2024 Va SLC-2W Firefly-Alpha with R5 S2-2.0, R5 S4, TechEdSat 11, KUbeSat 1, MESAT 1, REAL, Serenity (3), SOC-i


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