The goal of the CubeSat Lunar Lander project is to explore the technologies required for building a viable CubeSat device that can orbit and/or land on the moon. This project's predecessor was the Alaskan Ice Buoy Project which assisted in learning about the CubeSat Kit hardware that is also being used in this project.
We have built a single CubeSat to test the navigation components we would use to go to the Moon, that was launched as part of NASA's ELaNa IV program on the Air Force ORS-3 mission, on an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 rocket from Wallops Island, VA, on November 19, 2013. Click for launch video.
Amateur Radio Operators who would like to track our CubeSat:
Please email any packets received to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our downlink frequency is 437.305 MHz, 9600 baud, FSK, AX.25
Our current TLE (Feb. 27, 2014, updated as we get new tracking data):
We appear to be International Designation: 2013-064AD also cataloged as NORAD: 39407U:
1 39407U 13064ADÂ 14058.13884931Â .00026853Â 00000-0Â 10735-2 0Â Â 580
2 39407 040.5318 032.6326 0007354 260.5316 099.4757 15.24475692 12852
First contact, 1 1/2 hours after launch, from the parking lot at Wallops Island, with an Arrow antenna, Funcubedongle+ and Macbook, by Justin Foley (Cal Poly):
News media on our launch:
Our ELaNa IV CubeSat, the Vermont Lunar CubeSat
This project is supported by grants from the Vermont Space Grant Consortium, a part of the NASA Space Grant program, NASA and EPSCoR. Vermont Technical College has also received generous donations of commercial software from AdaCore, SofCheck, Altran, and Rowley Associates to support using high integrity software tools and methods in the programming of the system.
Software to analyse orbits of our spacecraft has been supplied as a generous donation by AGI of their Systems Tool Kit.