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D3 [UFL]

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Florida, Gainesville
Contractors: University of Florida, Gainesville
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: x kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
D3 - 202x with ?