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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's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) 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: 2 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
D3 1998-067UE 15.07.2022 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-25, EMIT, BeaverCube, CLICK A, JAGSAT 1, CapSat 1, FUTABA, HSU-SAT 1, TUMnanoSAT

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