University of Surrey
Deorbitsail is a 3U cubesat satellite mission that will launch and deploy a 5 m x 5 m, four-quadrant sail to demonstrate deorbiting.
145.975 MHz, 1k2 BPSK
NORAD 40719 COSPAR designator 2015-032-E Inclination 98.051 RA of A. Node 96.026 Eccentricity 0.0016062 Argument of Perigee 201.560 Revs per day 14.74596234 Period 1h 37m 39s (97.65 min) Semi-major axis 7 025 km Perigee x Apogee 635 x 658 km BStar (drag term) 0.000066596 1/ER Mean anomaly 158.496
The DeorbitSail project is a collaboration to build a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will demonstrate rapid deorbiting. The deorbiting capability of the DeorbitSail satellite is due to increased aerodynamic drag from the large surface area of the deployed sail in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO). From our proposed concept, the satellite will return to the Earth and burn up in the atmosphere over time as its altitude reduces.