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PreSat [NASA]

The PreSat (PharmaSat Risk Evaluation Satellite) CubeSat technology demonstration nanosatellite is a risk reduction and technology demonstration mission. It was developed in only 180 days in NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Free Flyer (µSat FF) program, that is focused on implementing peer-reviewed fundamental space biology investigations on a microsatellite free flyer platform. It serves as a risk-reduction mission for PharmaSat.

The objectives of the mission are:

  • Demonstrate / validate Performance of NASA-Ames 2nd Generation Modular Triple CubeSat Nanosatellite Platform
  • Spaceflight Performance Evaluation of Generic BioFluidic Sample Management and Handling Subsystem using Optical Detection
  • Evaluation of Payload Environmental Management Subsystem

The satellite failed to reach orbit due to a launch vehicle staging malfunction.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: NASA Ames Research Center
Contractors: NASA Ames Research Center
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 60 days
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit: 330 km × 685 km, 9°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
PreSat 2008-F01 03.08.2008 Om F Falcon-1 with Trailblazer, Nanosail D, Celestis 07

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