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MakerSat 0, 1

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-12 spacecraft hatchdoor which will be released from the ISS.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Northwest Nazarene University
Contractors: Northwest Nazarene University, NearSpace Launch
Equipment: Camera
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 454 km × 818 km, 97.7
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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 - 2019* CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with HISUI, CIRiS, CryoCube 1, QARMAN, SORTIE, AztechSat 1, EdgeCube

Note: * Launch date is for the main equipment parts