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VariSat 1A, 1B

VariSat 1 [VariSat]

The VariSat-1 satellites are a technological demonstration mission consisting of two identical 6U CubeSats for VariSat LLV. The mission is to experiment and gain flight heritage with a satellite designed to support HF marine data communications. A pair of satellites will be launched, to test the inter satellite link aspect of the system that is envisioned,as well as test ship to satellite and satellite to surface stations.

The satellites were built by L2 Aerospace. The satellites are gravity gradient stabilized (via wavelength tape antenna), as well as aerodynamic drag stabilized.

The satellites will be launched in early 2022 on the maiden flight of ABL's RS1 launch vehicle from Kodiak into an orbit at 350 km apogee and 200 km perigee, on an inclination fromthe equator of 87.3. Transmission will begin 30 minutes after deploy from the launch vehicle, and cease upon reentry. Atmospheric friction will slow the satellite and reduce the altitude of the orbit, until de-orbiting occurs less than 2 months after launch.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: VariSat LLC
Contractors: L2 Aerospace
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 2 months
Mass: 11 kg
Orbit: 200 km × 350 km, 87.3
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
VariSat 1A - 2021 Kd LP-3C RS1 with VariSat 1B
VariSat 1B - 2021 Kd LP-3C RS1 with VariSat 1A

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