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W-Cube

W-Cube [Reaktor Space Lab]

W-Cube, developed by Reaktor Space Lab, is an ESA ARTES mission to study the propagation of extremely high frequency W-band radiowaves through the ionosphere and upper atmosphere.

The satellite carries two radio beacons and conducts measurements over the mission prime, Joanneum Research’s groundstation in Graz. The payload development has been led by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. The mission will demonstrate the feasibility of using new higher frequency bands for future telecom satellites which will offer more bandwidth and data rates to the user.

The satellite will be launched via the ION-SCV 003 deployer on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) in June 2021.

Nation: Finland
Type / Application: Technology, earth observation
Operator: Reaktor Space Lab
Contractors: Reaktor Space Lab
Equipment: W-band payload
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
W-Cube 2021-059CQ 30.06.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 R2-1, ..., R2-3, Umbra-SAR 2001, YAM 2, YAM 3, ŃuSat 19, ..., 22, ICEYE X11, X12, X13, X15, TUBIN, Mandrake 2A, 2B, Capella 5, GNOMES 2, LINCS 1, 2, PACE 1, TROPICS Pathfinder, D2/AtlaCom 1, EG 3, Centauri 4, Lemur-2 140, ..., 145, SpaceBEE 88, ..., 111, SpaceBEE NZ-7, ..., NZ-10, Sherpa-FX 2, Lynk 06, Hawk 3A, 3B, 3C, Astrocast 0201, ..., 0205, Painani 2, Sherpa-LTE 1, Tenzing, Shasta, ARTHUR 1, Faraday Phoenix, KSF 1A, ..., 1D, Tiger 2, ION-SCV 003, NAPA 2, Spartan, Neptuno, Ghalib, QMR-KWT

References:

  • D-Orbit: Wild Ride Mission Booklet

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