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.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC)|
|Contractors:||Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Hermes||2011-F01||04.03.2011||Va 576E||F||Taurus-3110||with Glory, E1P, KySat 1|
|Hermes 2||-||cancelled||with ?|