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TSAT (TestSat-Lite)

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Taylor University
Contractors: Taylor University
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 2 kg
Orbit: 301 km × 332 km, 51.65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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