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CP5 is a 1U CubeSat developed by Cal Poly's PolySat Program. The payload is designed to test a deployable spacecraft de-orbiting thin-film mechanism. The mechanism consists of a miniature solar sail, similar to the ones used by NanoSail-D or LightSail but much smaller in size. Once the sail is deployed, observations will be made from the ground to detect any altitude or velocity degradation and change of the spacecraft.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2012-09-13
    Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
    Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
    Mass: 1 kg


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    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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