CubeSat Assessment and Test (CAT) - 11.14.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The CubeSat Assessment and Test (CAT) investigation is led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and uses two commercial off-the-shelf spacecraft to support a government furnished equipment communications experiment to be launched from the International Space Station.
Science Results for Everyone
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Kristin Fretz, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, United States

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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Developer(s)
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)

Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
October 2018 - April 2019

Expeditions Assigned
57/58

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • CubeSat Assessment and Test (CAT) utilizes two commercial off-the shelf spacecraft to execute a communications experiment.

Description
The CubeSat Assessment and Test (CAT) investigation is led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and uses two commercial-off-the-shelf spacecraft to support a government furnished equipment communications experiment to be launched from the International Space Station.

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Applications

Space Applications
The Space Application for this investigation has yet to be identified.

Earth Applications
The Earth Application for this investigation has yet to be identified.

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Operations

Operational Requirements and Protocols
NanoRacks CubeSats are delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) already integrated within a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) or NanoRacks DoubleWide Deployer (NRDD). A crew member transfers each NRCSD/NRDD from the launch vehicle to the Japanense Experiment Module (JEM). Visual inspection for damage to each NRCSD is performed. When CubeSat deployment operations begin, the NRCSD/NRDDs are unpacked, mounted on the JAXA Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) and placed on the JEM airlock slide table for transfer outside the ISS. A crew member operates the JEM Remote Manipulating System (JRMS) – to grapple and position for deployment. CubeSats are deployed when JAXA ground controllers command a specific NRCSD.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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