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.
|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|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||273 km × 300 km, 34.53°|
|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|