The D3 (Drag De-Orbit Device CubeSat) is a 2U CubeSat mission by the University of Florida, Gainesville, for a technology demonstration mission that will validate a new low-Earth orbit drag modulating device and related guidance and control algorithms.
It will allow the ballistic coefficient of a spacecraft to be manipulated to affect the spacecraft’s orbit lifetime. It will target a desired location at the re-entry interface, potentially replacing conventional altitude and control systems on missions.
It was selected in 2019 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||University of Florida, Gainesville|
|Contractors:||University of Florida, Gainesville|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|