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Cascade SmallSat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer


Designation 39265 / 13055A
Launch date 29 Sep 2013
Country of origin Canada
Mission Scientific: ionosphere study
Perigee/Apogee 332/1483 km
Inclination 81°
Period 103 min
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 #11
Launch site Vandenberg

Launch initially planned in 2007. Owned by the Canadian Space Agency.

Multi-purpose information delivery and scientific research small satellite mission. Will be adaptable for a wide range of missions, including science, technology, Earth Observation, geological exploration and high capacity information delivery.

It will demonstrate a potential new information delivery service called Cascade that will allow very large amounts of information to be delivered to decision-makers anywhere in the world.

It will also include a scientific payload carrying a suite of eight scientific instruments, called e-POP, developed by a team led by the University of Calgary. This payload will conduct studies on Sun-Earth relations, such as research on the ionosphere to better understand solar storms and their harmful effects on space technologies such as those used in radio communications and satellite navigation.

Other satellites based on the same platform should follow.

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Technical data


Prime contractor MDA
Platform MAC-200
Mass at launch 350-500 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Magellan Aerospace will design, assemble, integrate and test the MAC-200 small satellite bus.

Cascade is a Ka-band communication payload.

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