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.
|Type / Application:||Technology, ionosphere|
|Operator:||University of Arizona|
|Contractors:||University of Arizona|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|CatSat||-||2022||Va SLC-2W||Firefly-Alpha||with Starling 1, ..., 4, KUbeSat 1, MESAT 1, R5 S4, REAL, SOC-i, OwlSat|