TSAT [Taylor University]
TSAT (TestSat-Lite) is a nanosatellite designed and built by engineering students at Taylor University in Upland. It is built on a double CubeSat form factor.
TSAT is a dual mission using the GlobalStar satellite communication modem to demonstrate a reliable and global nanosat network and a Space Weather bus design consisting of a langmuir plasma probe, 3-axis magnetometer, and 3 ultraviolet photodiodes.
In February 2012, TSAT was down-selected for a launch opportunity through the NASA ELaNa program. It has completed final pre-launch tests and was delivered to NASA for launch in early 2014.
TSAT was launched on 18 April 2014 as a secondary payload on a Falcon-9 v1.1 rocket on the ELaNa-5 mission. It reentered the earth atmosphere on 28 May 2014.
The GlobalStar communication experiments are continued on the GEARRS satellites.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||301 km × 332 km, 51.65°|
|TSAT (TestSat-Lite)||2014-022C||18.04.2014||CC SLC-40||Falcon-9 v1.1||with Dragon CRS-3, OPALS, HDEV, ALL-STAR/THEIA, KickSat 1, SporeSat 1, PhoneSat 2.5|