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 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|