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CSTB 1 [Boeing]

The CSTB 1 (CubeSat TestBed 1) cubesat is a 1.5 kg Nanosatellite for technical research. An Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Systems team of engineers at Huntington Beach, Calif., is building the spacecraft as a testbed for components that will be used in Boeing's development of nanosatellites (spacecraft weighing less than 10 kg).

Besides its “brains” - four microcontrollers - the tiny satellite contains:

  • Redundant communications systems with two independent radios.
  • Two high-capacity batteries.
  • A deployable antenna.
  • A sophisticated control system that determines the attitude (relative position) of the spacecraft by using sun and magnetic field sensors.
  • A simple attitude control system that uses embedded magnetic torque coils.
  • Multifunctional boards on the side panels that contain a variety of sensors and electronics.
Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Boeing
Contractors: Boeing
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 646 km × 772 km, 98.08
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
CSTB 1 2007-012F 17.04.2007 Ba LC-109/95 Dnepr with EgyptSat 1, Saudisat 3, SaudiComsat 3, SaudiComsat 4, SaudiComsat 5, SaudiComsat 6, SaudiComsat 7, CP 3, CP 4, CAPE 1, Libertad 1, AeroCube 2, MAST


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