Vermont Lunar CubeSat

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Vermont Lunar CubeSat
Vermont Lunar CubeSat.jpg
Mission type Technology
Operator Vermont Technical College
COSPAR ID 2013-064AD
SATCAT no. 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
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Inclined
Perigee 438 km (272 mi)
Apogee 450 km (280 mi)
Inclination 40.52 degrees
Period 93.47 minutes
Epoch July 4, 2014, 20:59:35 UTC[2]

The Vermont Lunar CubeSat is a CubeSat satellite by Vermont Technical College and funded in part by grants from NASA, Vermont Space Grant Consortium and in part by voluntary donations. The satellite, costing about 50,000 US Dollars to build - with NASA offering a free launch as part of the ELaNa program - 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 two NASA, 11 university, one high school and 14 Air Force CubeSats. Vermont Lunar is the only non NASA/Air Force CubeSat from this ELaNa IV launch that is fully working. Eight were never heard from at all. SPARK/Ada 2005 was used, and this is the first spacecraft of any kind programmed in SPARK.[4] The control software contained about 10,000 lines of SPARK/Ada code. The Principal Investigator was Carl Brandon, the Software Supervisor was Peter Chapin, and Dan Turner served as the Principal Student Programmer. This was the first satellite of any kind built by a college or university in New England[citation needed].

The North coast of Western Australia near Port Hedland taken by the Vermont Lunar CubeSat

See also[edit]

Lunar CubeSats in development

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. ^ a b "Project Overview - CubeSat Laboratory". Vermont Technical College. Retrieved 24 November 2015.