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NSLSat 1

NSLSat 1 is a 2U CubeSat mission to correlate solar activity to electron density in the Near-Earth (LEO) plasma field.

The spacecraft will carry a Energetic Particle Detector and a Langmuir Probe.

The satellite will be launched as a payload aboard a NASA CRS (Commercial Resupply Mission) inside a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). Current launch vehicle is the Cygnus CRS-11 mission, scheduled to launch from Wallops Island, VA in 2019 on an Antares-230 rocket. About 90 days after this launch, the NG-10 will un berth from the ISS, boost to a higher orbit, and deploy the satellite. The satellite will be inserted into a near-circular orbit at 500 km at an inclination of 51.6 degrees from the equator.

Transmission will begin 30 minutes after deployment and will remain active for 2 years. Atmospheric friction will slow the satellite and reduce the altitude of the orbit until deorbiting occurs, approximately 5 years after launch.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Ionosphere
Operator:
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 2 years
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 500 km × 500 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NSLSat 1 - 2019 WI LC-0A Antares-230 with Cygnus CRS-11, Światowid, KrakSat, AeroCube 10A, AeroCube 10B, SASSI2, ThinSat 1A, ..., 1L