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Hermes 1, 2

Hermes [CoSGC]

Hermes plans to improve CubeSat communications through the on-orbit testing of a high data-rate communication system that will allow the downlink of large quantities of data, making CubeSat imaging or high-data quantity science easily feasible.

Another objective of the project is to create a reproducible and extensible spacecraft bus in the support of future missions. This will allow future CoSGC CubeSat teams to focus more on the science aspects of low-earth orbit spaceflight, rather than the logistics of designing a spacecraft.

Similarly, the final specified mission objective is to characterize the typical CubeSat environment. This will occur through the gathering of temperature and magnetic field data throughout the flight.

The launch on a Taurus-3110 failed on 4 March 2011 when the payload fairing did not separate.

NASA offered an opportunity for a reflight of a Hermes 2, but it was not taken up.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC)
Contractors: Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Hermes 2011-F01 04.03.2011 Va 576E F Taurus-3110 with Glory, E1P, KySat 1
Hermes 2 - cancelled with ?