Cislunar Explorers [Cornell University]
Cislunar Explorers is a planned nanosat mission by Cornell University, which was selected by NASA's CubeQuest Challenge.
The Cislunar Explorers are a pair of streamlined, sustainable spacecraft on a mission to orbit the Moon. They act as self-propelled engineering demonstrations, proving the technology readiness of water as rocket fuel, simple optical navigation, and more. Key subsystems complement each other in a symbiotic design aimed at reducing the cost and complexity of space exploration.
Cislunar Explorers consists of two L-shaped satellites, which fit together in the 6U CubeSat standard.
Cislunar Explorers is one of 13 cubesats planned to be carried with the Orion EM1 mission into a heliocentric orbit in cis-lunar space on the maiden flight of the SLS (Block 1) iCPS launch vehicle in 2019.
|Type / Application:||Technology, lunar orbiter|
|Propulsion:||Electrolysis Propulsion truster|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Cislunar Explorer A||-||2020||CCK LC-39B||SLS (Block 1) iCPS||with Orion EM1, BioSentinel, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, LunIR, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, Cislunar Explorer B, CU-E3, Miles|
|Cislunar Explorer B||-||2020||CCK LC-39B||SLS (Block 1) iCPS||with Orion EM1, BioSentinel, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, LunIR, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, Cislunar Explorer A, CU-E3, Miles|