The DORA (Deployable Optical Receiver Aperture) is a 3U CubeSat mission to perform a technology demonstration of a widefield infrared laser communication terminal for small satellites. The new technology enables communication networks in cis-lunar space and new mission classes, including constellations of small satellites for scientific investigations.
DORA aims to improve satellite communications by creating a large collecting area and eliminating precision pointing accuracy requirements on the host spacecraft. The spacecraft will transmit one gigabyte/second over 1000 km with a 10° accuracy for bus pointing. Ideally, this satellite system would be one of many in a swarm and/or constellation providing exceptional crosslink communication and surface to orbit communication.
It was selected in 2022 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy, UV|
|Operator:||Arizona State University|
|Contractors:||Arizona State University|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|DORA||-||202x||(via NASA ELaNa program)||with ?|