The objectives of the SNAP-1 mission were to:
- Develop and prove a modular commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) based nanosatellite bus.
- Evaluate new manufacturing techniques and technologies.
- Image the Tsinghua-1 microsatellite during its deployment (timed to occur a few seconds after the deployment of SNAP-1).
- Demonstrate the systems required for future nanosatellite constellations. For example: three-axis attitude control, Global Positioning System (GPS) based orbit determination, and orbital manoeuvres.
- Depending on propellant availability, rendezvous with Tsinghua-1 and demonstrate formation flying.
During deployment, SNAP-1 successfully imaged the Nadezhda and Tsinghua-1 satellites that accompanied it on the launch. Once in orbit, SNAP-1 achieved three axis attitude control, then demonstrated its orbital maintenance capability using its butane cold gas propulsion system.
The 6.5 kilograms (14 lb) SNAP-1 satellite contained the following modules:
- Power System
- VHF Receiver
- S-band Transmitter
- Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS)
- Cold-Gas Propulsion (CGP) System
- On-Board Computer (OBC)
- VHF spread-spectrum communications payload
- UHF inter-satellite link
- Machine Vision System (MVS)
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