CubeSat Specifications

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Guidance and Control
Systems for CubeSats and Small Satellites customized to mission requirements.
Adcole Maryland Aerospace's compact guidance and attitude control systems are designed to accommodate a variety of sensor options and combinations. ADACS sensor configuration examples:
  • 2 Star Trackers
  • 1 Star Tracker - 1 Sun Sensor
  • 2 Earth Horizon Sensors

Technical Questions:

Adaptable and Affordable Cube Satellite Bus


  • 1.5U Payload Volume Available

  • 3 kg Payload Mass Available

  • 15 W Payload Power Available

  • Flight Proven ADACS for Reliable Guidance and Control

  • Data Interfaces: RS-422 Serial Interface, 5 TTL Discrete Interface

  • Payload Oribt Average Power: 12 W

  • Battery: 4 Li-Ion cells =>46 Watt Hours at 14.4 V

  • Payload Power Interface: Switched 3.3 V, 5 V, and 12 V DC Regulated Power Supply

  • Solar Arrays: MMA HaWK or MAI Solar Array (gimbaled or fixed)

  • Attitude Knowledge: 0.01 degree (Star Tracker) or 1 degree (Earth Limb Sensor)

  • Attitude Control: 0.01 degree (Star Tracker) or 1 degree (Earth Limb Sensor)

  • Type of Pointing: Multiple pre-programmed pointing modes


  • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 30 cm (nominal)

  • System Mass: Up to 8 kg (4 kg available for payload)

  • Payload Volume: Up to 1.5U Construciton Machined 7075 and 6061 Aluminum

  • Mission Design Life: 3 years in LEO

  • Orbit Capability: 350-850 km, 0-98.8 degree inclined orbit

  • Frequency: S-Band, X-Band, UHF 

  • Downlink: Up to 2.0 Mbps (using S-Band)

  • Encryption: AES-256 or NSA Type-1 available


The MAI-3000 is a  flexible, reliable, low-cost 3U CubeSat Bus offering 1,500 cubic centimeters of payload volume as well as a Payload Orbit Average Power (OAP) of 12W. The satellite is designed to meet a wide range of mission objectives, both research and commercial, and can be delivered in short time frame.  


The CubeSat comes equipped with our own flight proven Attitude Determination and Control System the MAI-400 ADACS which is capable of providing 0.01 degree pointing knowledge and 0.1 degree pointing control using our star tracker.


The MAI-3000 transceiver can be configured to downlink at rates of 2.0 Mbps or more in S-Band using either AES-256 or National Security Agency (NSA) approved Type-1 encryption.


The CubeSat also incorporates the MMA HaWK Solar Array, which can provide either a fixed or single-axis gimbaled solar array configuration.


The satellite is compatible with the Planetary Systems Corporation Canisterized Satellite Dispenser (CSD) and NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) system.

MAI-3000 3U CubeSat

Maryland Location:

2145 Priest Bridge Dr, Ste15
Crofton, MD 21114

Telephone: (410) 451-2505
Fax: (410) 451-2507

Massachusetts Location:

669 Forest Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Telephone: (508) 485-9100
Fax: (508) 481-6142

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