Team Miles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Team Miles
Mission typeTechnology
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftTeam Miles
Spacecraft type6U CubeSat
ManufacturerFluid and Reason LLC
Launch mass14 kg (31 lb)
Dimensions10×20×30 cm
Start of mission
Launch date2021[1]
RocketSLS Block 1
Launch siteKennedy LC-39B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemHeliocentric (Earth-trailing)
Flyby of Moon
BandS band

Team Miles is a type of nanosatellite called 6-Unit CubeSat that will demonstrate navigation in deep space using innovative plasma thrusters. It will also test a software-defined radio operating in the S band for communications from about 4 million kilometers from Earth.

Team Miles will be one of thirteen CubeSats to be carried with the Artemis 1 mission into a heliocentric orbit in cislunar space on the maiden flight of the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft, scheduled to launch in 2021.


Parameter Units/performance
Thrust 5 mN
Specific impulse (Isp) 760 sec
Impulse 7456 N sec
Power 22 W
Wet mass 1.5 kg
Propellant mass 1 kg
Propellant Solid iodine
Thrust:Mass 3.3 mN/kg
Impulse:Power 338 N sec/W
Delta-V 12 kg craft 649 m/s

The spacecraft, a 6-Unit CubeSat —measuring 10×20×30 cm— was designed and is being developed by a non-profit group of fifteen citizen scientists and engineers (Fluid and Reason, LLC) based at Tampa, Florida.[2][3][4] Since the Team Miles won the first place at CubeQuest Challenge for the selection process,[5] Fluid and Reason, LLC stroke partnerships and became Miles Space, a commercial endeavor to further develop the technology and intellectual property that has come out of the design process.[2]


Wesley Faler, who leads Fluid and Reason, LLC., is the inventor of the ion thruster to be used, which he calls ConstantQ Model H.[6][2] It is a form of electric propulsion for spacecraft. The engine is a hybrid plasma and laser thruster that uses ionized iodine as propellant.[7][4]

The Model H system includes 4 thruster heads which are canted, allowing for both primary propulsion and attitude control (orientation) without the use of moving parts.[6][8] The goal within the CubeQest Challenge is to travel 4 million kilometers, but the team will attempt to go as far as 96 million kilometers before the end of the mission.[2]


The spacecraft will use the USRP B200mini, a software-defined radio operating in the S band for communications from about 4 million kilometers from Earth.[9]

See also[edit]

The 13 CubeSats flying in the Artemis 1 mission


  1. ^ "NASA's large SLS rocket unlikely to fly before at least late 2021". 17 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Cube Quest Challenge Spotlight: Team Miles. Space Daily, 19 May 2017.
  3. ^ Cube Quest Challenge Spotlight: Team Miles. Jennifer Harbaugh, NASA News. 18 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b The Miles CubeSat Might Be the Next Satellite Sent to Mars. Jeremy S Cook, MakeZine
  5. ^ Centennial Challenges Program Overview: How NASA Successfully Involves the General Public in the Solving of Current Technology Gaps. AIAA SPACE Forum. 12 - 14 Sep 2017, Orlando, FL. AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition.
  6. ^ a b ConstantQ Spacecraft Propulsion. Fluid and Reason LLC. 2017.
  7. ^ Tampa team enters new Space Race with cube satellite. Lloyd Sowers, Fox News. 11 May 2017.
  8. ^ ConstantQ™ Thruster. Miles Space 2017.
  9. ^ Investigation into New Ground Based Communications Service Offerings in Response to SmallSat Trends. (PDF) Scott Schaire, Serhat Altunc, Yen Wong, etal. 32nd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Document SSC18-SI-07.