Vermont Lunar CubeSat

Vermont Technical College Vermont Lunar CubeSat

The goal of the project is to develop the prototype technologies for a triple CubeSat that will be self propelled (chemical rockets, or ion drive) from a geosynchronous (communications satellite) launch to the moon. The chemical rocket would have a lunar lander, and the ion drive spacecraft would go into lunar orbit. The single CubeSat for the launch opportunity will test the navigation system and use NASA’s GPS Enhanced Onboard Navigation System (GEONS) software, a space qualified GPS receiver and a star tracker camera (being built a Norwich University). It will have an onboard computer system, solar power supply and radio transceiver to communicate with our ground station at Vermont Tech.

NASA-Catalog: 39407

Beacon

437.305 MHz, 9k6 FSK, AX.25, 60 second interval

Call

W1VTC

Status

active, 5 min interval

Orbital Parameter

NORAD                   39407
COSPAR designator       2013-064-AD 
Inclination             40.531
RA of A. Node           50.624
Eccentricity            0.0006954
Argument of Perigee     245.457
Revs per day            15.24306759
Period                  1h 34m 28s (94.47 min)
Semi-major axis         6 871 km
Perigee x Apogee        488 x 498 km
BStar (drag term)       0.000968550 1/ER
Mean anomaly            114.546


Vermont Lunar

Audio

9k6 beacon packet

Mission

Vermont Lunar Cube’s primary mission is to make navigation estimates for a future moon project, in which another cube satellite will orbit the moon. But it’s also a prototype project to show that it’s possible to explore space on a budget.


Telemetry

from W1VTC2 to W1VTC:
 1 > 56 65 72 6D 6F 6E 74 4C 75 6E 61 72 00 00 01 0D 01 29 03 5E 
21 > 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
41 > 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
VermontLunar.....).^....................................

from W1VTC2 to W1VTC:
 1 > 56 65 72 6D 6F 6E 74 4C 75 6E 61 72 00 00 01 0D 02 2A 01 02 
21 > 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 
41 > 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
VermontLunar.....*......................................
26.11.2014

Links und weitere Informationen

http://www.cubesatlab.org/Lunar_Lander/Project_Overview.shtml
http://www.cubesatlab.org/Lunar_Lander/doc/CubeSat-Developers-Workshop-2013.pdf

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