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Polarimetric Observer Light Analyzing Research (POLAR) is UBNL’s newest satellite. POLAR is a 3U satellite with a MEMS polarimeter payload. 


This is the first polarimeter small enough to fly on a cubesat platform. The data gathered will be used to identify the material of target space objects. This data can increase Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and help protect important space assets from space debris.


Measure the orbital radio frequency noise environment across commonly used nano-satellite frequency bands. It aims to create a numerical model of the noise environment capturing geographic variation, time-of-day variation, and statistical properties that will be used to predict the performance of small satellite communication systems. The amount of RF noise in space has dramatically increased. New Noise can cause a negative impact on satellite communications


Provide relative attitude and orbit information between spacecraft using beam pointing and synchronization to maintain the link between the laser communication devices. The secondary objective involves determining the absolute position of the two spacecraft using only relative line of sight information. The mission aims to create stereoscopic imaging as one could use our concept for flying two or more satellites in formation with no star tracker using ground references (rather than stars) and the laser communication system to determine the attitude and orbit, greatly reducing the cost of such projects.


Gather light data on space debris in either geostationary or low earth orbit. This light data, like the kind collected from our GLADOS satellite, can be used to classify space debris, as well as to characterize the size, shape, and material properties of space debris. Builds upon GLADOS’ mission by flying a spectrometer, rather than a visible and near-IR camera. This allows us to use diffused light, a much more common source than glinting light.

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