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Faraday 1, 1b, 1c, 1x

Faraday 1 [InSpace]

Faraday 1 is a series of British 6U-CubeSat by InSpace to host multiple experiments by different customers providing ultra-low cost access to space.

Faraday 1 is built by GOMSpace. It is a 6U-CubeSat platform with 3-axis stabilzation. It can host 4.5 kg of payload.

The first mission embarks several customer payloads for in orbit demonstration, qualification and early service purposes. It hosts experiments from 7 customers, consisting of 2 Passive RF payloads, 2 Active RF payloads, 1 Ultra wide field optical imaging payload, 1 passive optical retroreflector, and 1 passive internal payload. Airbus Defense and Space is testing a software-defined radio payload that can be remotely reprogrammed in orbit. Other payloads on Faraday 1 will pursue applications such as Internet of Things, characterization of a ground-based laser, 360-degree optical video imaging, radio spectrum monitoring, real-time video from space, and satellite-based communications

The satellite was launched on an Electron KS in July 2020, but failed to reach the 500 km sun-synchronous orbit.

Three more missions are under development: Faraday 1b, Faraday 1c and Faraday 1x to be launched in Q2, Q4 and Q3 2020 respectively.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: InSpace
Contractors: InSpace, GOMSpace (satellite)
Equipment: see above
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Orbit: 500 km SSO (#1)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Faraday 1 2020-F05 04.07.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with CE-SAT 1B, Flock-4e 1, ..., 5
Faraday 1b - 202x with ?
Faraday 1c - 202x with ?
Faraday 1x - 202x with ?
Faraday Phoenix - 2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with (SpaceX Transporter-2)
Further Faraday missions: