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RAMPART [Morehead State University]

Students at Morehead State University are building the RAMPART (Rapidprototyped MEMS Propulsion And Radiation Test) amateur radio CubeSat with a propulsion system that will raise the apogee of its orbit from 500 km to 1200 km.

It is a 2U CubeSat and will use a self-contained, warm gas, propulsion system to adjust satellite’s initial circular orbit of 500 km to an eliptical orbit with an apogee of 1200 km and perigee of 500 km at a 45° inclination.

The other objectives of the mission are:

  • demonstrate use of 3D printing (a.k.a. rapid prototyping) for manufacturing small satellites.
  • measure flux of energetic particles in lower Van Allen Belt.
  • test radiation-hardened electronic components and high performance solar cells in high radiation environment over a period of five years.

RAMPART was to be launched as a piggy-back payload on a Minotaur-1 from Wallops Island in June 2013, but was delayed to a later launch. Apparently it has been cancelled.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: Morehead State University
Contractors: Morehead State University
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: Warm gas propulsion system
Power: Deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 3 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
RAMPART - cancelled (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?


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