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NSLSAT 1 [NearSpace Launch]

NSLSAT1 is a 3U CubeSat mission by NearSpace Launch 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.

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.

The satellite was to 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 unberth 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.

Later the satellite was rebooked to the maiden orbital launch of the Astra rocket. It is to be orbited in September 2019 from Kodiak. The planned orbit is into near-circular at 550 km at an inclination of 90 degrees from the equator.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Ionosphere
Contractors: NearSpace Launch
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 2 years
Mass: 3 kg
Orbit: 550 km × 550 km, 90
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NSLSAT 1 - 2019 Kd LP-3B Astra with ?