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SPACE-HAUC [University of Massachusetts]

The SPACE-HAUC (Science Program Around Communication Engineering with High Achieving Undergraduate Cadres Project) is a 3U CubeSat educational mission intended primarily as a hands-on student training mission that will also demonstrate X-band beam steering from a CubeSat platform.

The payload consists of a software defined radio. The goal is to demonstrate the practicality of communicating at high data rates in the X band using a phased array of patch antennas on a CubeSat. The antennas will operate at frequencies of 8.0 to 8.4 GHz from an orbit of about 450 km.

The telemetry will be implemented by using a software-controlled radio to create an intermediate frequency (IF) modulated signal. The IF will be mixed with a local oscillator and amplified to produce the broadcast signal. Filters will be used to ensure that the out-of-band signal stays below the levels required by our broadcast license.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Contractors: University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 1 year
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SPACE-HAUC - 201x with ?