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The Virginia CubeSat Constellation (VCC) mission aims to fly a constellation of three 1U CubeSats in LEO. Funded by NASA through the USIP Program (USIP-15), the mission is a collaboration of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Hampton University, and is being led by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The objectives of the VCC mission are to: 1) Provide a hands-on, student-led flight project experience for undergraduate students by designing, developing, integrating, testing and flying an orbital constellation of three 1U CubeSats, 2) Obtain measurements of the orbital decay of a constellation of satellites to develop a database of atmospheric drag and the variability of atmospheric properties, and 3) Evaluate and demonstrate a system to determine and communicate relative and absolute spacecraft position across an orbiting constellation.
Phoenix is a 3U CubeSat developed by an undergraduate student team at Arizona State University as part of the NASA USIP Program. An infrared camera will be installed in the spacecraft which will take thermal images of US cities to study the Urban Heat Island Effect and determine methods for making urban areas more sustainable.
Active GPS L1 Antenna piPATCH-L1, Customized Flight Model
PocketQube-sized GPS L1 Receiver
piNAV-L1 / Engineering Model including Evaluation Kit
GPS L1 Receiver
1U S/C with scientific and HAM payload