MakerSat 0 [Northwest Nazarene University]
MakerSat 0 is a technology demonstration by the Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, of a 3-D printed 1U CubeSat, which contains common satellite power, control, computing, and radio communication tasks connected to four science boards.
MakerSat-0 will be placed in a SSO where it will monitor characteristics of different plastics in the vacuum of space while also capturing images of the earth. This is in preparation for MakerSat-1 – a CubeSat to be manufactured and assembled on the International Space Station.
MakerSat 0 was selected in 2016 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program. It was baselined to fly in 2018 on the ELaNa 20 mission on a LauncherOne rocket, but has moved up to a 2017 launch on the ELaNa 14 mission on a Delta-7920-10C.
MakerSat-1 is a technology proof-of-concept mission to demonstrate microgravity additive manufacturing, assembly, and deployment of a CubeSat from the International Space Station. MakerSat-1 is the first spacecraft explicitly designed to be 3D-printed aboard the ISS, easily and safely snap-assembled by the astronaut crew in only 5 minutes without tools or fasteners, and then gently deployed directly into orbit from the ISS. Its structural frame was 3D-printed in August 2017, using the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) printer aboard the ISS. Six circuit boards/batteries are being sent to ISS on a July 2019 re-supply flight of the Dragon CRS-18 capsule to permit the crew to finish snap-together assembly, and battery charging. The MakerSat-1 equipment will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) vehicle where it will be transported onto the ISS. It will then be deployed from the SEOPS deployment system onboard the Cygnus CRS-11 spacecraft hatchdoor which will be released from the ISS.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Northwest Nazarene University|
|Contractors:||Northwest Nazarene University, NearSpace Launch|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||454 km × 818 km, 97.7°|
|MakerSat 0||2017-073D||18.11.2017||Va SLC-2W||Delta-7920-10C||with JPSS 1, MiRaTA, Buccaneer RMM, EagleSat, RadFxSat (Fox 1B)|
|MakerSat 1||TBD||25.07.2019*||CC SLC-40||Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)||with Dragon CRS-18, IDA 3, ORCA, RFTSat 1, Quantum Radar 3, NARSScube 2|
Note: * Launch date is for the main equipment parts