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Epsilon CLPS | Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1

Launch Time
Fri Jan 18, 2019 00:50 UTC

Launch Vehicle

Epsilon CLPS
Status: Active
Price: $39.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 1,612 kN
Payload to LEO: 700 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 26.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 2.5 m
Fairing Height: 9.19 m


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The mission features seven technology demonstration payloads: RAPIS-1 will demonstrate a new solar panel technology. MicroDragon is a microsatellite proposal submitted by Takashi Maeno. Rapid International Scientific Experiment Satellite, or RISESAT is a microsatellite developed by Tohoku University. RISESAT's high resolution multispectral camera will be capable of measuring the growth rate and health of crops from space. RISESAT's remote sensing instrument, High Precision Telescope utilizes a liquid crystal tunable filter. ALE-1 is a microsatellite for demonstrating the creation of artificial shooting stars. Built and operated by ALE Co., Ltd., it is the company's first satellite. ALE-1 is equipped with a DOM2500 deorbit mechanism manufactured by Nakashimada Engineering Works, Ltd. The DOM2500 is a membrane sail 2.5 m × 2.5 m large when deployed, and will be used by ALE-1 to lower its altitude to less than 400 km, the optimal altitude to conduct its main mission. OrigamiSat-1 is a CubeSat demonstrating the deployment of large structures from a small, folded state. After being launched to an altitude of 500 km, OrigamiSat-1 will descend down to 400 km, where it will deploy a 1 square meter membrane. It was developed by Tokyo Institute of Technology. Aoba VELOX-IV is a CubeSat equipped with a low-light camera. It was jointly developed by Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. The pulsed plasma thrusters developed by NTU gives the CubeSat maneuvering capabilities as the Moon's irregular gravity field requires orbiters to perform orbit maintenance to extend its mission. It has a design lifetime of 12 months. NEXUS is a CubeSat developed by Nihon University. An amateur radio satellite, it is equipped with a transmitter with half the power consumption and a data transmission rate per second 32 times larger than a traditional amateur radio transmitter. NEXUS will demonstrate packet radio in space.
Payloads: 6
Total Mass: 386 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit