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DragonSat 1

DragonSat 1 [USNA]

DragonSat 1 is an 1 Unit CubeSat designed and built by students of the Drexel University and the US Naval Academy.

The mission of DragonSat-1 is to take pictures of aurora (northern and southern lights) to observe the radiation dissipation intensity during the solar events, and to perform technology demonstration of gravity-gradient-boom deployment mechanism in space.

In 2011, DragonSat was down-selected for a launch opportunity through the NASA ELaNa program.

The satellite was successfully deployed in orbit on the ELaNa-4 mission, but no signals were received.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Magnetospheric Research, Technology
Operator: Drexel University, US Naval Academy
Contractors: Drexel University, US Naval Academy, Pumpkin Inc. (bus)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 498 km × 502 km, 40.53
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DragonSat 1 2013-064D 20.11.2013 WI LA-0B Minotaur-1 with STPSat 3, ORS 3, ORSES, ORS Tech 1, ORS Tech 2, SENSE 1, SENSE 2, Ho`oponopono 2, Firefly, STARE B, Prometheus 1.1, ..., 1.8, Black Knight 1, NPS-SCAT, COPPER, ChargerSat 1, TJ3Sat, Trailblazer 1, Vermont Lunar Cubesat, SwampSat, CAPE 2, KySat 2, PhoneSat v2.4


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