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TechEdSat 8 (TES 8)

TechEdSat 8 [NASA]

TechEdSat 8 (Technical and Educational Satellite 8) is a 1×6U CubeSat. It was built as a conjoined project between San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of Idaho as a collaborative engineering project, with oversight from the NASA Ames Research Center.

It is a technology demonstration mission that will further develop and demonstrate the Exo-Brake system through full recovery of a payload. It will feature a semi-autonomous control system to target the entry face point, as well as capabilities to measure a unique ablation device on the forebody.

It was selected in 2017 by NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program. The satellite was launched to the ISS in late 2018 and was deployed on 31 January 2019 from the ISS.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: SJSU, University of Idaho, NASA Ames Research Center
Contractors: SJSU, University of Idaho, NASA Ames Research Center
Equipment: Hot Exo-Brake
Configuration: CubeSat (1×6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 402 km × 409 km, 51.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TechEdSat 8 (TES 8) 1998-067PY 05.12.2018 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-16, GEDI, RRM3, CAT 1, CAT 2, UNITE, Delphini 1, Quantum Radar 1, Quantum Radar 2