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Mayflower-Caerus [USC]

Mayflower-Caerus is a triple unit Cubesat built as a joint mission by Novaworks of Northrop Grumman and the University of Southern California as a technology mission. It is a 3U-size CubeSat with propulsion that has eight Pumpkin deployable solar panels unfurled into two arrays.

Mayflower is 2U Cubesat sized module built by Novaworks as a next-generation CubeSat Flight Testbed.

Caerus is a 1U CubeSat structure used as the payload module of the spacecraft. University of Southern California built the module based on a Pumpkin 1U CubeSat kit. It transmitts beacon data in the Amateur Band.

The satellite was successfully deployed in orbit, but no signals were received. Mayflower-Caerus reentered on 22 December 2010.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Northrop Grumman (Mayflower); University of Southern California (Caerus)
Contractors: Northrop Grumman; University of Southern California; Pumpkin Inc. (Caerus)
Configuration: CubeSat (3U) consisting of a 1U bus and 2U payload modules, two deployable solar arrays
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit: 273 km × 300 km, 34.53
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Mayflower-Caerus 2010-066J 08.12.2010 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.0 with Dragon C1, SMDC-ONE 1, QbX 1, QbX 2, Perseus 000, Perseus 001, Perseus 002, Perseus 003


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