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The RFTSat 1 (Radio Frequency Tag Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat mission by the North Nazarene University to test backscatter radio communication between CubeSat and remote wireless sensors.

It is a technology demonstration mission to test a system for deploying small, wireless sensor tags from the spacecraft that harvest RF energy and communicate with the spacecraft using backscatter radio. The sensor tags could be used to sense many phenomena including, but not limited to, acceleration, electric field strength, magnetic field strength. The wireless sensor tags will provide flexible sensor communication mechanism and reduced mission risk by reducing the complexity of the deployable boom design.

Alternate Names

  • Radio Frequency Tag Satellite
  • 44417

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-04-17
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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