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IPEX (CP 8) [Calpoly]

NASA/JPL's IPEX (Intelligent Payload Experiment) mission was a 1U Cubesat project to demonstrate operation of autonomous instrument processing, downlink operations, and ground station operations, utilizing the SpaceCube Mini payload processing unit to validate a reduction in data product downlink.

The development of IPEX was conducted by the following centers/institutions:

  • JPL manageed the project and developed the autonomous flight software and ground station software, CASPER (Continuous Activity Scheduling Planning Execution and Replanning) and ASPEN (Automated Scheduling and Planning Environment).
  • NASA/GSFC (Goddard Space Flight Center) developed the Space Cube Mini payload processing unit.
  • Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo designed the spacecraft bus, cameras, attitude control, flight avionics software, and integrates/builds the flight unit.

IPEX was successfully launched on 6 December 2013 on the ELaNa-2 mission. The last transmission heard from it was on 30 January 2015.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: NASA/JPL, NASA/GSFC, Cal Poly Picosatellite Project (PolySat)
Contractors: NASA/JPL, NASA/GSFC, Cal Poly Picosatellite Project (PolySat)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 462 km × 889 km, 120.50
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
IPEX (CP 8) 2013-072K 06.12.2013 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(501) with Topaz 3, ALICE, SMDC-ONE 3.1, SMDC-ONE 3.2, SNaP, TacSat 6, FIREBIRD FU1, FIREBIRD FU2, AeroCube 5A, AeroCube 5B, CUNYSAT 1, M-Cubed/COVE 2


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