CU-E3 [University of Colorado]
CU-E3 (Colorado University Earth Escape Explorer) is a planned nanosat mission by the University of Colorado, which was selected by NASA's CubeQuest Challenge.
CU-E3 is designed for a communications technology demonstration mission, slated to travel more than 2.5 million miles into space. As a Deep Space Derby entry, the diminutive spacecraft will reach an orbit of about 10 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
Blue Canyon Technologies has partnered with the CU-E3 team and provides the XB1 6U CubeSat saellite body.
CU-E3 will be outfitted with what’s called a “planar” antenna, a deployable array in which all of the elements are in one plane, yet provide a large aperture for directional beam control.
|Type / Application:||Technology, interplanetary|
|Operator:||University of Colorado|
|Contractors:||University of Colorado (prime); Blue Canyon Technologies (bus)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|CU-E3||-||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, Cislunar Explorer B, Miles|