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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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Arizona State University
Contractors: Arizona State University
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: x kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DORA - 202x (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?


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