DemoSat 2 [Astranis]
The DemoSat 2 is a 3U CubeSat by Astranis to perform an UHF radio test for Astranis planned small GEO communications satellites.
The cubesat serves as a pathfinder for the technology to be used on Astranis' planned small GEO communications satellites. It carries an early prototype of their software-defined UHF radio technology. The mission demonstrated streaming HD videos up to the spacecraft, processed in real-time by the digital payload, and then sent back down again to the ground station in Alaska.
The satellite was launched in January 2018 as a piggy-back payload on an Indian PSLV-XL rocket.
|Type / Application:||Technology, communications|
|Equipment:||Software-defined UHF radio payload|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||494 km × 505 km, 97.56°|
|DemoSat 2||2018-004S||12.01.2018||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL||with Cartosat 2F, Microsat-TD, LEO Vantage 1, Carbonite 2, ICEYE X1, INS 1C, Arkyd 6A, CICERO 7, Landmapper-BC 3 v2, Lemur-2 68, ..., 71, Flock-3p' 1, ..., 4, MicroMAS 2a, PicSat, CANYVAL-X 1, 2, CNUSail 1, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, Tyvak 61C, Fox 1D, STEP Cube Lab, SpaceBEE 1, ..., 4|