FARADAY
MISSIONS


A series of high value, hosted payload opportunities for early service & technology demonstration in Low Earth Orbit

 

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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 5 years of reliable service in orbit with our first launch taking place in August 2019. After a 6 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.

Faraday is led by In-Space Missions with support from a range of delivery partners including Bright Ascension, Magna Parva, Printech Circuit Labs, SSTL, GomSpace, ISIS, Kongsberg Satellite Services, SpaceFlight Industries and Rocket Lab.

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MISSION TIMELINE

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

A colour image of the Faraday Mission timeline supporting customers through 5 years developing, testing, integrating and operating payloads in Low Earth Orbit

PAYLOADS

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

SPACE AVAILABLE

Opportunities for Q2 2020

We currently have over 6kg of payload space available for our launches in 2020. The next available launch is in Q2 2020 into Sun-synchronous orbit for which we have >2kg of payload space still available. Subsequent launches of Faraday satellites are planned for Q3/Q4 2020 and multiple opportunities exist in 2021 including for much larger payloads. 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.

A colour image of a small payload used aboard the Faraday Mission small sat with external nadir, limb or deep space views

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 start at £120,000/kg for 6 months D&Q access followed by opportunities for negotiated commercial usage or best efforts access during the service demonstration phase.

A cube satellite payload used aboard the Faraday Mission small sat spacecraft with external (nadir, limb or deep space) views

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 start at £10,000 for 6 months D&Q access followed by opportunities for negotiated commercial usage or best efforts access during the service demonstration phase.

FARADAY SUPPORT

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

  • Interface management and payload development support (up to a pre-defined level of effort)
  • Payload integration and testing
  • Payload commissioning plus 6 months of operations
  • Payload data provided daily via a secure interface

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

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