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CARBONITE-1
CARBONITE-1: The mission

CARBONITE-1: The mission

CARBONITE-1 is a technology demonstration mission for SSTL, designed to demonstrate rapid-build techniques and to test COTS components and new avionics in orbit.  


Mass: 80kg.  Future CARBONITE missions are targeted at 50kg.

Structure: Aluminium.

Build and test schedule: 6 months and 12 days.

Imager: Commercial-off-the-shelf telescope with 25cm mirrors, adapted by SSTL for space.  The telescope can be disassembled and integrated into a new specially designed framework in 5 days.  In an orbit of 500km the imager provides 1m GSD with a swath width of 5km.

Video: Commercial-off-the-shelf industrial video camera, adapted by SSTL for space.  The video provides 15 second HD video clips at 1m GSD, when flying in a 500km orbit. 





Data: Downlink via X-band transmitter at 80mbps.

De-orbit: CARBONITE-1 flies an Icarus-3 de-orbit sail from Cranfield University.




 

Satellite Data

Name:
CARBONITE-1

Customer:
SSTL

Mission:
Technology demonstration

Mass:
80kg

Platform:
SSTL-42

Launch Data

Launch Date:
10 July 2015

Launch Site:
Sriharikota, India

Launcher:
PSLV-XL

Orbit:
680km

News

Carbonite Space Imager Revealed,
BBC News, September 2015

SSTL demonstrates video from orbit capability
Press Release, 31 May 2017

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