IceCube or Earth 1 is a 3U CubeSat mission developed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to evaluate sub-mm-wave remote sensing from a CubeSat.
The objectives of the mission are:
The satellite is to demonstrate and space-qualify a commercially available 874 GHz submillimeter-wave receiver developed by Virginia Diodes Inc. (VDI), of Charlottesville, Virginia. This instrument is capable of providing an accurate assessment of the distribution of atmospheric ice.
It was selected in 2013 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.. It was selected in 2014 by NASA as part of the Science Mission Directorate's Cubesat Initiative.
The satellite was deployed on the ELaNa-17 mission on 16 May 2017 from the ISS.
|Type / Application:||Earth sciences|
|Operator:||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Contractors:||NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Equipment:||874 GHz radiometer|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||3 months (design), 1 year|
|Mass:||4 kg ?|
|Orbit:||401 km × 404 km, 51.64°|
|IceCube (Earth 1)||1998-067LN||18.04.2017||CC SLC-41||Atlas-5(401)||with Cygnus CRS-7, ALTAIR 1, SUSat, UNSW-EC0, i-INSPIRE 2, ZA-AeroSat, nSIGHT 1, Ex-Alta 1, LilacSat 1, NJUST 1, Aoxiang 1, SOMP 2, QBITO, Aalto 2, X-CubeSat, EntrySat, SpaceCube, DUTHSat, UPSat, Hoopoe, LINK, SNUSAT 1, SNUSAT 1b, qbee50-LTU-OC, BeEagleSat, HAVELSAT, Phoenix, PolyITAN-2-SAU, QBUS 1, QBUS 2, QBUS 4, CSUNSat 1, CXBN 2, KySat 3, SHARC, Lemur-2 30, ..., 33|