The mission objectives for the Michigan Multipurpose Minisatellite (M-Cubed) is to capture mid-resolution images of the Earth from Low Earth Orbit, perform a technology demonstration for a novel new Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and train the next generation of Aerospace Engineers.
Data send and received from onboard M-Cubed to the ground station using a 144 MHz uplink and a 430 MHz downlink, amateur radio bands will be used to control and receive data from the satellite. A basic beacon signal containing satellite health data will be transmitted intermittently throughout operations. Data and commands will be transmitted using the AstroDev Lithium 1 radio.
Name M-Cubed NORAD ? COSPAR designation ? Inclination (degree) ? RAAN ? Eccentricity ? ARGP ? Orbit per day ? Period ? Semi-major axis ? Perigee x apogee ? Drag factor ? Mean Anomaly ?
M-Cubed 1 99996U 00000 11301.47661542 0.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 0006 2 99996 101.6483 233.3593 0252943 295.2624 199.6032 14.79009197000007
437.485MHz FSK AX.25 9k6
Launched and active.
M-Cubed is scheduled to launch on 28 October 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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