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M6P

M6P [NanoAvionics]

M6P is a 6U-CubeSat project being developed by the Lithuanian NanoAvionics as a pathfinder mission for their M6P cubesat platform. It is a ride-share mission for two customers.

During the mission NanoAvionics will be testing their 6U (called M6P – Multipurpose 6U Platform) platform based on a modular and highly integral design which extends payload volume. The M6P will be 4th Lithuanian built Cubesat and a lot of knowledge and experience will be used gathered from still active LituanicaSat-2 mission.

The M6P will be equipped with active stabilization: integrated magnetorquers and momentum wheels. There will also going to be installed in house build EPS, Flight computer with integrated ADCS, and COMMs. Satellite will also include 2 UHF transceivers (for redundancy purposes) that will work with deployable dual dipole turnstile type antennas.

The M6P platform also includes propulsion system capable to perform maneuvers such as orbital deployment, orbit maintenance, atmospheric drag compensation, precision flight in formations, orbit synchronization and atmospheric drag compensation resulting in extended satellite orbital lifetime. The propulsion unit also provides satellites with decommissioning utility at the end of mission, meeting the space debris mitigation requirements of ESA and NASA. So called “green” chemical propulsion system to reach TRL7 was previously launched with PSLV C-38 and successfully tested in orbit during LituanicaSat-2 mission.Propulsion experiment onboard M6P will bring propulsion system developed by NanoAvionics to TRL9.

To ensure the practical reliability of the platform, radiation-resistant components and design implementations have been incorporated to support critical systems such as the Flight Computer, Payload Controller, Electric Power System and Communication System. The platform is optimized to have a nominal 5 years operational lifetime in a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) environment.

The M6P satellite carries ride-share payloads for two customers:

  • SpaceWorks Orbital will be testing their IoT radio technology by demonstrationg ground to space communications for their low-cost IoT archtecture for their Blink Astro business line
  • Lacuna Space will demonstrate the receiving of LoRaWAN signals from terrestrial IoT devices to relay the data through the company's cloud-based Lacuna Network

Additionally, the satellite will demonstrate NanoAvioncs' M6P nanosatellite technology.

The satellite was released into a lower than planned orbit due to a delayed deployment, reducing the orbital life time slightly.

Nation: Lithuania
Type / Application: Technology, communications
Operator: NanoAvionics, SpaceWorks Orbital, Lacuna Space
Contractors: NanoAvionics, SpaceWorks Orbital, Lacuna Space
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: Green monopropellant micro-thruster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: 434 km × 515 km, 97.5°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
M6P 2019-018AF 01.04.2019 Sr SLP PSLV-QL with EMISAT, Flock-4a 1, ..., 20, Lemur-2 96, ..., 99, BlueWalker 1, Astrocast 0.2, AISTECHSAT 3, AIS/APRS/ARIS / releasesed in wrong orbit

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