Nanosatellites and CubeSats
SFL designs, builds and operates nanosatellites that range in size from 3 to 24 kg and carry a payload mass up to 15 kg. At an ultra-low cost, these missions successfully serve a variety of scientific research needs, such as space astronomy, maritime monitoring and tracking, and technology demonstration.
SELECT NANOSATELLITE MISSIONS
Norwegian ship tracking satellite.
The 2nd Norwegian ship tracking satellite.
exactEarth’s advanced ship tracking satellite at the equator.
Nanosatellite Tracking of Ships with AIS.
Canada’s addition to BRITE-Constellation.
Canada’s formation flying demonstration.
SFL develops CubeSats to explore the use of novel technologies. Our CubeSats are based on nanosatellite platforms THUNDER (3U), SPARTAN (6U), and JAEGER (12U/16U). Depending on the platform, the CubeSat can be as small as a milk carton and carry a payload mass of 3-6 kg, or larger CubeSats carry up to 24 kg. SFL adapts heritage avionics and attitude control to support data services, science and technology demonstration missions, ranging from communication services to demonstrating ground-breaking drag-sail deorbiting technology.
By maintaining strict industry standards, SFL CubeSats are fully compliant and compatible with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) deployers from any supplier, which helps reduce cost. Depending on the platform size, CubeSats can carry payloads up to 15 kg.
- Kepler Communications
SELECT CUBESAT MISSIONS
Commercial communication satellite constellation.
Canada’s smallest operational satellite.
CanX-7 aircraft monitoring, deorbit demo satellite.