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PICOSat
PICOSat: The Mission

PICOSat: The Mission

PICOSat was designed and built to test electronic components/systems in space conditions. It carried four test payloads: Polymer Battery Experiment (PBEX), Ionospheric Occultation Experiment (IOX), Coherent Electromagnetic Radio Tomography (CERTO) and an ultra-quiet platform (OPPEX).  PICOSat was designed for a minimum of one year of on orbit operations. PICOSat used a gravity gradient boom for stabilization. The Ultra-Quiet Platform (UQP), developed by the Air Force Research Lab, aimed to provide a 10:1 reduction in vibration isolation over a 100 Hz bandwidth between the spacecraft bus and a science payload.

Satellite Data

Name:
PICOSat

Customer:
USAF

Mission:
Military Demonstrator

Mass:
67.2kg

Platform:
SSTL-42

Launch Data

Launch Date:
30 September 2001

Launch Site:
Kodiak, USA

Launcher:
ATHENA-1

Orbit:
800km

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