|CPOD||LEO||2016||Docking with 3U nanosatellites. Will demonstrate precision flying around each other and then docking. Will enable to explore asteroids, moons and to inspect other spacecraft.|
|INSPIRE||Earth escape||2017||Goal of two 3U INSPIRE spacecraft is to open deep space to CubeSats and demonstrate necessary functions like telecommunication and navigation. Will be the first interplanetary and deep space CubeSat.|
|Mars Cube One (MarCO)||Mars flyby||2018||MarCO two 6U deep space CubeSats were planned to be launched in 2016, but delayed due to InSight Mars lander. They will flyby Mars during the landing of InSight and relay status in real time, which is not possible today.|
|NEA Scout||Asteroid flyby||2018||13 6U CubeSats will launch with a new NASA SLS rocket in 2018 sending Orion capsule on a trip around the Moon. Will be the first CubeSat to reach an asteroid and map it using an ~80 m2 solar sail for propulsion.|
|Lunar Flashlight||Moon||2018||The first CubeSat to reach the Moon and the first mission to use lasers to look for water ice. Near infrared lasers will shine light into the shaded polar regions, while the on-board spectrometer measures surface reflection and composition.|
|AIM/AIDA CubeSats||Didymos, asteroid||2020||European Space Agency (ESA) Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) spacecraft to Didymos will include two 3U CubeSats that will be selected from ASPECT, AGEX, PALS, CUBATA or DUSTCUBE CubeSat studies.|
|SWIMSat||GEO||2021||6U CubeSat to monitor solar Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and monitor Earth meteor impacts. Might be the first CubeSat to geostationary (GEO) orbit, but too early to know for sure.|
|DARCSIDE||Europa, Jupiter moon||2025||3U CubeSat flying with Europa Clipper spacecraft to study Europa's atmosphere. Experiments are planned to be drag measurement and high energy particle detector.|
Complimentary reading is the NASA Small Spacecraft Technology State of the Art report.
|Technology||Organization||Summary||Status and additional information||Image|
|Communications||Planet||120+ Mbit/s to 5 m ground station in X band with patch antenna.||62.5 Mbit/s proof from 2015. Downloading 2 GB per pass was common. It is much faster now as told privately and hints about a new antenna. X-band in orbit since spring 2013.|
|NASA||Mars Cube One (MarCO) reflectarray capable of 8 Kbit/s from Mars in X-band. Three 33.3 cm x 19.9 cm panels achieve >28 dB gain at 8.4 GHz.||Ready. Was supposed to launch in spring 2016, but delayed to 2018 due to InSight Mars lander.|
|NASA||KaPDA parabolic deployable Ka-band antenna with 0.5 m diameter, 1.5U stowed size, 1.2 kg mass and 42.5 dB gain.||Scheduled to launch in 2017 onboard 6U RainCube. Many versions built and tested. It is the first 35.75 GHz Ka-band radar payload on a CubeSat.|
|NASA||Iris V2 Transponder. Parameters include 0.5U, 1.2 kg and interoperability with Deep Space Network (DSN) at X-band.||Scheduled for 2018. Has radiation tolerant parts for years long missions and thermal management for hours long navigation tracking sessions.|
| Astro Digital
|40 Mbit/s in 26.8 GHz Ka-band with patch antenna on Perseus-M 6U CubeSats. Module is about 1U and 1 kg.||Launched in 2014. Were first Ka band transmitters on a nanosatellite. Upgrade is about 1.5U and 1.5 kg and achieves 200+ Mbps downlink.|
|Aerospace||1.5U AeroCube-7 (OCSD) will do optical communications with data rates up to 622 Mbps using 80 cm ground station.||OCSD A was launched in 2015, but attitude control problems prevented testing laser communications. OCSD B and OCSD C will launch in 2016.|
|Power||Planet||3+3 3U deployable solar panels||In orbit since 2013, were updated with new solar cells in 2015.|
|MMA Design||HaWK steerable 3 × 3U solar arrays capable of tracking Sun and 36W peak power. Might use Honeybee SADA drive actuator.||First launch scheduled for 2016. Will launch also to Moon on BioSentinel in 2018 and to Mars on MarCO.|
|NASA||ISARA has solar cells opposite the reflectarray. 3 × 3U panels achieve 33 dB of gain at 26 GHz and data rates about 100 Mbps.||Now scheduled for 2016. Plan to make it commercially available with Pumpkin, adapted from its "Turkey Tail" standard design.|
|Compact Satellite Bus||Planet||Bus is a wrap-around design of about 0.25U - 0.5U total volume. Includes star camera, GPS, 4 reaction wheels, 3 magnetorquers, UHF transceiver, X-band transmitter S-band receiver, low-power x86 processor and 0.5 TB of storage.|
|Tyvak||Intrepid platform avionics, power system, communication, and payload interface are all hosted in a 9 cm × 9 cm × 3 cm package. 400 MHz ARM processor, 512 MB storage, 64 MB RAM, embedded Linux, integrated power regulation system, sensor suite, low profile UHF radio.|
|Propulsion||NASA||Solar sail with an area of ~86 m2 that fits into 2U and has 2.5 kg mass.||First launch in 2018 aboard NEA Scout and will provide delta-V of at least 400 m/s.|
|Busek||BIT-3 propulsion sized 2.5U includes 1.5 kg solid iodine propellant and will provide 6U CubeSat up to 3 km/s of delta-V.||Scheduled to fly aboard Lunar IceCube 6U CubeSat to Moon in 2018.|
|Phase Four||CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT) sized 4U could provide 8 km/s of delta-V for 6 kg dry mass satellite consuming 2.56 kg of water.||$1 million contract from DARPA to deliver TRL 7 engine.|
|Optical payloads (Cameras)||Planet||Planet Scope (PS2) instrument is a 5 element optical system with 29 MP detector capable of taking images with 3.7 m ground resolution and swath of 24.6 km × 16.4 km from 475 km altitude.||Sensor type is Four Band Frame Imager with Two-Stripe NIR filter. Scenes may be acquired as a single RGB or a split-frame with a RGB half and a NIR (near-infrared) half depending on the satellite.|
|Hera Systems||1-meter resolution imaging satellite is built on a 12U cubesat, 22-kilogram form factor.||First launch of 9 12U CubeSats in late 2016 or early 2017.|
|Astro Digital (Aquila)||6U has 22 m resolution in RGB and NIR. 16U has 2.5 m resolution in RGB, red edge, and NIR using one 70 MP sensor and butcher block filter.||First satellites now planned to launch in late 2016.|
|Organization||Satellites launched /
|Planet||179 / 150+||2013||3U||Earth observation||$183 million||29 MP sensor taking images with 3.7 m ground resolution and swath of 24.6 km × 16.4 km from 475 km altitude.|
|Spire||17 / 50+||2013||3U||AIS / Weather||$69.5 million||Measure the change in GPS signal after they have passed through the atmosphere to calculate very precise profiles for temperature, pressure, and humidity.|
|Planetary Resources||2 / 10||2014||12U||Earth observation||$21.1+ million||Visible-NIR 40 channel hyperspectral imager with 10 m resolution. Midwave infrared imager (MWIR) in 3-5 μm with 20 m ground resolution.|
|Astro Digital (Aquila Space)||2 / 10+20||2014||6U & 16U||Earth observation||?||6U has 22 m resolution in RGB and NIR. 16U has 2.5 m resolution in RGB, red edge, and NIR using one 70 MP sensor and butcher block filter.|
|Hera Systems||0 / 9-48||2016||12U||Earth observation||$4.2+ million||1-meter resolution imaging satellite is built on a 12U cubesat, 22-kilogram form factor.|
|Sky and Space Global||0 / 200||2017||3U||IoT / M2M / Voice||$4.5 million|
|Kepler Communications||0 / ?||2017||3U||IoT / M2M||$5 million|
|Helios Wire||0 / ?||2018||16U?||IoT / M2M||?|
|SkyFi||0 / 60||?||3U||Internet /
|$3 million||Up to 1 Gbps anywhere in the world with novel antenna.|
|Blink Astro||0 / ?||?||3U?||IoT / M2M||?|
|4skies||0 / ?||?||12U?||IoT / M2M||?|
active / planned
|Leaf Space||0 / 20||Coming in 2017||VHF, UHF, S, X||With per Megabyte payment pay only what you download from your satellites.|| 5€/Mbyte for receiving UHV/VHF. 0.4€/Mbyte to receive S band.
0.1€/Mbyte to receive X band.
|Audacy||0 / ?||Planned for 2019||?||Space-based relay system for continuous connectivity. Also creating an open Mission Operations software toolset and distributed freee.||?||$2 million|
|RBC Signals||? / 16||In private Beta||UHF, S, X, Ka||Aggregates the unused capacity of existing ground stations. Simple way for ground station owners to increase the revenue of their systems.||?||Yes, amount unknown|
|Spaceflight Networks||18-26 / ?||Operational||UHF, S, X||Provides a list of satellite radios that are immediately compatible.||$1.95/min for UHF.
$19.95/min for S/X band.
|Kongsberg KSAT Light||22 / 22||Operational||VHF, UHF, S, X, Ka||Two different service levels, one with high level of availability (Maxi) and one for users with less stringent needs (Flexi).||250€/pass ?||?|
|SSC Infinity||? / ?||Operational||?||Makes use of pre-qualified radios and standardized ground system hardware.||?||?|
|SatNOGS||6 / ?||Operational||VHF, UHF||Open Sourced. Any observer is able to utilize all available Ground Stations. All observations are public and all data are distributed freely.||Free||?|
Database does not include (usually):
This database began and initial information has been collected during the European Commission FP7 NANOSAT project from 2013 to 2014. NANOSAT is short for "Utilizing the potential of NANOSATellites for the implementation of European Space Policy and space innovation".
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