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Earth Observation

See a range of NanoRacks’ Smallsat Deployment customer Earth Observation space missions and CubeSat payloads, from flocks of Earth imaging satellites and microwave imaging to communications antenna and telescope demonstrations. All deployed from the International Space Station via NanoRacks into low Earth orbit.

Arkyd Telescope Demo

Planetary Resources – Arkyd-3 is a small CubeSat demonstrating technologies that will be used in the future Arkyd space telescope fleet, including avionics, attitude control, and power systems.

Customer: Planetary Resources
Research: Arkyd Telescope Demo
NanoRacks Facility: Smalsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2015 – 09/2015
Mission Status: Complete
More Info: From NASA…

Antenna Pointing System

The GOMX-3 investigation tests a small satellite with an advanced antenna-pointing system and a variety of communications capabilities. The satellite contains three radios, one of which receives beacons from commercial aircraft to improve air traffic monitoring.

Customer: GomSpace
Research: Antenna Pointing System
NanoRacks Facility: Satellite Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2015 -…

Earth Observation – Flock 1b

Planet Labs launches the next installment of the NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove series, another fleet of 28 Earth imaging nanosatellites individually known as the “Dove” satellites, and collectively known as “Flock 1b”, to image the changing planet.

Customer Name: Planet Labs
Research: Earth Observation
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 07/2014 -…

Interactive Earth Imaging

SkyCube is an educational satellite that takes images of the Earth from space by request, sends “tweets” in the form of radio pings, and inflates a balloon to de-orbit itself in a demonstration that could be used to reduce future space debris.

Customer: Southern Stars Group
Research: Interactive Earth Imaging
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 09/2014 -…

Microwave Imaging

MIT’s MicroMAS is a small, low-cost CubeSat containing a miniaturized microwave scanner that paves the way for future constellations of similar satellites, gathering more detailed, more frequent images of severe weather that impacts people on Earth.

Customer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: Atmospheric Microwave Imaging
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission…

Earth Observation – Flock 1a

A fleet of 28 Earth imaging nanosatellites individually known as the “Dove” satellites, and collectively known as “Flock 1”, will to image the changing planet. These nanosatellites enable imagery of the entire planet to be taken on a more frequent basis. 

Customer Name: Planet Labs
Research: Earth Observation
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 01/2014 -…

Meteorological Phenomena

UAPSAT-1 studies meteorological phenomena from space. The picosatellite was designed and programmed at Alas Peruanas University in Peru, to verify the students’ design methods and to tests various instruments designed to measure meteorological impacts on Earth.

Customer: Alas Peruanas University
Research: Meteorological Phenomena
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration…

Global Tracking

FPT University CubeSat-1 is a picosatellite designed and manufactured by FSpace Laboratory. Applications include global tracking of the movement of ships, detecting early warning of forest fires, and researching the Earth’s atmosphere at the lowest level.

Customer Name: FPT University
Research: Global Tracking
NanoRacks Facility: Smallsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 09/2012 -…

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