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OPAL (SQUIRT 2, OO 38, Opal-OSCAR 38)

OPAL [Stanford University]

OPAL (Orbiting Picosat Automatic Launcher), aka OO 38 (Opal OSCAR), is Stanford University's second Satellite QUIck Research Testbed (SQUIRT) satellite. As part of the Space Systems Development Laboratory (SSDL) the SQUIRT project exposes graduate level students to all aspects of satellite design, construction, testing, and operations.

Each SQUIRT satellite is meant to be constructed in one year and for only $50,000. The design for OPAL was started in early April of 1995. However, since this is only SSDL's second satellite, development time has been extended. OPAL was launched on 26 January 2001, on the maiden flight of a modified Minuteman missile called the Minotaur-1.

OPAL's (Orbiting Picosat Automatic Launcher) primary mission is to demonstrate the feasibility of launching multiple picosatellites from a mothership satellite. The satellite's secondary payloads are an accelerometer testbed and a magnetometer testbed, which will perform component characterization.

OPAL ejected 6 nanosatellites in orbit (MEMS 1A, MEMS 1B, STENSAT, MASAT (JAK), Artemis-Thelma, Artemis-Louise).

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: Stanford University
Contractors: Stanford University
Equipment: ?
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 13 kg
Orbit: 754 km × 808 km, 100.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
OPAL (SQUIRT 2, OO 38, Opal-OSCAR 38) 2000-004C 27.01.2000 Va CLF Minotaur-1 with JAWSAT, FalconSat 1, ASUSat 1, OCSE, MEMS 1A, MEMS 1B, STENSAT, JAK, Thelma, Louise


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