RFTSat 1 [NNU]
The RFTSat 1 (Radio Frequency Tag Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat mission by the North Nazarene University to test backscatter radio communication between CubeSat and remote wireless sensors.
It is a technology demonstration mission to test a system for deploying small, wireless sensor tags from the spacecraft that harvest RF energy and communicate with the spacecraft using backscatter radio. The sensor tags could be used to sense many phenomena including, but not limited to, acceleration, electric field strength, magnetic field strength. The wireless sensor tags will provide flexible sensor communication mechanism and reduced mission risk by reducing the complexity of the deployable boom design.
The objectives of the mission are:
It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.
RFTSat 1 was launched on board of Dragon CRS-18 and transfered on the ISS to the SEOPS Slingshot deployer on Cygnus CRS-11. It was deployed on 8 August 2019 after Cygnus CRS-11 departing from the ISS.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||North Nazarene University|
|Contractors:||North Nazarene University|
|Equipment:||RFID reader/tag system|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|
|RFTSat 1||2019-022||25.07.2019||CC SLC-40||Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5)||with Dragon CRS-18, ORCA, IDA 3, MakerSat 1, NARSScube 2|