Vermont Lunar CubeSat

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Vermont Lunar CubeSat
Mission type Technology
Operator Vermont Technical College
COSPAR ID 2013-064AD
SATCAT № 39407
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Vermont Technical College
Launch mass 1 kilogram (2.2 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date November 20, 2013, 01:15 (2013-11-20UTC01:15Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Minotaur I
Launch site MARS LP-0B
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Perigee 479 kilometers (298 mi)
Apogee 487 kilometers (303 mi)
Inclination 40.53 degrees
Period 94.12 minutes
Epoch July 4, 2014, 20:59:35 UTC[2]

The Vermont Lunar CubeSat is a CubeSat satellite launched in 2013 by Vermont Technical College in a joint partnership with Norwich University and funded in part by a grant from NASA and in part by voluntary donations. The satellite, costing 30,000 US Dollars to launch - with NASA offering discounted charges to run the launch - served as a testing model for guidance and navigation pending future launches.[3] The eventual goal of the project is to build a CubeSat capable of orbiting the moon.[4] It was launched on November 19, 2013 from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a payload containing the TJ3Sat of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "VERMONT LUNAR Satellite details 2013-064AD NORAD 39407". N2YO. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vermont Lunar CubeSat Project". Vermont Technical College. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Project Overview - CubeSat Laboratory". Vermont Technical College. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Beneski, Barron; Alex Massie (October 8, 2006). "Thomas Jefferson High School and Orbital Establish Partnership". Retrieved October 8, 2006.