Service & Technology Demonstration On One Satellite

The Faraday missions make use of tried and tested cubesat and microsatellite platform technology to offer customers up to five years of reliable service in orbit. Following a six-month Demonstration and Qualification (D&Q) Phase, the mission enters a service delivery phase where customers will contract usage of the platform resources. This phase will support commercial payload operations for customers.

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Mission Timeline

The Faraday team will support customers through developing, testing, integrating and operating their payloads.

Payloads Opportunities

We have a number of first come, first served payload slots on each Faraday spacecraft.

We currently have payload space available for our launches in 2022. The next available launch is in Q2 2022 into Sun-synchronous orbit. Subsequent launches of Faraday satellites are planned every 6 months including for much larger payloads or dedicated customer missions. Contact us to discuss your payload and commercial needs.

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Small Payloads

The Faraday team are pleased to provide opportunities for a wide range of small payloads, starting at a size, mass and power just beyond the reach of Cubesats, all the way up to 50kg*. These payloads can select to have a nadir, limb or deep space view. They are also able to deploy additional mechanical structures.

* Payload accommodation above 6kg only available from Q3 2021

Parameters

  • Mass – from 1 to 50 kg
  • Volume – up to 50 litres (stowed)
  • Power – 50+ W (OAP), 180 W (Peak)
  • Data Downlink – up to 150 GBytes/day
  • Data Latency – up to 12 hours (real time may be available on request)
  • Power supply – 12 V unregulated bus, regulated on request
  • Data interface – a range can be supported including RS 422, CAN, Spacewire, USB (includes power)

Additional capability is available on request. Prices on application for 6 months D&Q access followed by opportunities for negotiated commercial usage or best efforts access during the service demonstration phase.

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Cube Payloads

Multiple slots exist for payloads up to 1kg with dimensions compatible with a 1U cubesat (or smaller). Some of these payloads will have external (nadir, limb or deep space) views, some will be internally facing.  Most requirements can be accommodated.

Parameters

  • Mass – up to 1 kg

  • Volume – up to 1 litre

  • Power – 1 W (OAP), 5 W (Peak) as standard 

  • Data Downlink – 1 GBytes/day as standard

  • Data Latency – up to 12 hours

  • Power supply – 12 V, 8 V, 5 V and 3.3 V

  • Data interface – CAN, I2C or USB (includes 5 V power)

Additional capability is available on request. Prices on application for 6 months D&Q access followed by opportunities for negotiated commercial usage or best efforts access during the service demonstration phase.

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A cube satellite payload used aboard the Faraday Mission small sat spacecraft with external (nadir, limb or deep space) view - In-Space Missions
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Femto Payloads

5 slots per mission exist for payloads up to 75 g each in the Femto-box. These payloads must fit on a pre-defined PCB and one payload will have access to a small window which will have an external view (TBC).

Parameters

  • Mass – up to 75 g
  • Volume – PCB dimensions are 88.9 x 69.8 mm with accommodation for female USB connector
  • Power – up to 0.1 W (OAP), 0.5 W (Peak)
  • Data Downlink – up to TBD kBytes/day
  • Data Latency – up to 12 hours
  • Power / Data Interface – 5 V via USB

Prices on application for 6 months D&Q access followed by opportunities for negotiated commercial usage or best efforts access during the service demonstration phase.

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Faraday Support

All prices come with the following support from the Faraday team as standard:

Interface

Interface management and payload development support (up to a pre-defined level of effort)

Integration

Payload Integration and testing

Commissioning

Payload commissioning plus 6 months of operations

Daily Data

Payload data provided daily via a secure interface

Payload insurance and frequency licensing support are available as separate costed options.

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