The CySat 1 (Cyclone Satellite 1) is a 3U CubeSat technology demonstrator mission by the Iowa State University to test an asteroid surveying payload and 3U satellite platform for operation in an asteroid environment, and enable students to design a small satellite system and mission from concept to flight.
The project is intended to establish a small satellite program at Iowa State that allows the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and coursework to a real astronautics project. CySat pulls students from a number of the Engineering Departments to foster an interdisciplinary environment within the College of Engineering and accomplish complex missions requiring multiple areas of expertise.
CySat will carry a miniature Infrared spectrometer and a mapping radar
It was selected in 2017 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Iowa State University|
|Contractors:||Iowa State University|
|Equipment:||Infrared spectrometer, Mapping Radar|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|