Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN)
Flight demonstration of a swarm of eight, 1.5U-sized CubeSats simultaneously deployed into a loose swarm in low Earth orbit. The development phase will be completed in less than two years, with launch planned in mid-2013 for a 60-day operations phase. EDSN will host a competitively procured scientific instrument aimed at distributed, multipoint space weather measurements.
- Determine the utility of large swarms or constellations of small spacecraft
- Lower the unit cost and shorten the development schedule for future small spacecraft
- Enable the creation of new spacecraft applications
Advanced, yet affordable, consumer electronics-based nanosatellites that enable a wide array of future scientific, commercial, and academic applications.