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The MVP-A mission is to design, develop, and test a reliable CubeSat bus capability for sensor and imaging missions for the Space Systems Research Laboratory (SSRL) to create a better foundation for future CubeSat missions for the organization and potentially other partners.


MVP-A serves the purpose of being a "lessons-learned" spacecraft from the critical failures that occurred in the development of the COPPER-2 and Rascal-1 spacecraft and the faults discovered many years later in both the original COPPER and Argus spacecrafts. MVP-A relies heavily on COTs components from ENDUROSAT in an effort to minimize the need for students to design hardware to allow the SSRL team to focus on the interfaces between subsystems. The MVP series of spacecraft will continue the purpose of being built on "lessons-learned" until sufficient technological capability is grown within SSRL as each year experiences a turnover from graduating seniors. MVP program missions and spacecraft will build towards the capability to perform sophisticated rendezvous and proximity operations at a low cost over the course of 10 years.


MVP-A Mission Requirements

MVP1001 - The S/C shall be no larger than 1U

MVP1002 - The S/C shall return a minimum of 32 kilobytes of data every 24 hours

MVP1003 - The S/C shall operate for at least 3 hours in sunlight every 24 hours

MVP1004 - The S/C shall be ready for delivery by August 1st 2018

MVP1005 - The S/C hardware shall cost less than $18000 in total

MVP1006 - The mission shall comply with all US launch regulations

MVP1007 - The mission shall comply with standard launch vehicle requirements


MVP-A Hardware Interface Diagram

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MVP-a Software State Diagram

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The project is currently in development, with the satellite's delivery for launch scheduled for Summer 2019.