|Mission type||Technology demonstration|
|Manufacturer||Fluid and Reason, LLC.|
|Launch mass||14 kg (31 lb)|
|Dimensions||10 cm × 20 cm × 30 cm|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||November 2021 (planned) |
|Rocket||SLS Block 1|
|Launch site||KSC, LC-39B|
|Reference system||Heliocentric orbit|
|Flyby of Moon|
Team Miles is a type of nanosatellite called 6U CubeSat that will demonstrate navigation in deep space using innovative plasma thrusters. It will also test a software-defined radio operating in the S-band for communications from about 4 million kilometers from Earth. Team Miles will be one of thirteen CubeSats to be carried with the Artemis 1 mission into a heliocentric orbit in cislunar space on the maiden flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion spacecraft, scheduled to launch in 2021.
|Specific impulse (Isp)||760 seconds|
|Impulse||7456 N seconds|
|Wet mass||1.5 kg|
|Propellant mass||1 kg|
|Impulse:Power||338 N seconds/watt|
|Delta-V 12 kg craft||649 m/s|
The spacecraft, a 6-Unit CubeSat — measuring 10 cm × 20 cm × 30 cm — was designed and is being developed by a non-profit group of fifteen citizen scientists and engineers (Fluid and Reason, LLC) based at Tampa, Florida. Since the Team Miles won the first place at CubeQuest Challenge for the selection process, Fluid and Reason, LLC stroke partnerships and became Miles Space, a commercial endeavor to further develop the technology and intellectual property that has come out of the design process.
Wesley Faler, who leads Fluid and Reason, LLC., is the inventor of the ion thruster to be used, which he calls ConstantQ Model H. It is a form of electric propulsion for spacecraft. The engine is a hybrid plasma and laser thruster that uses ionized iodine as propellant. The Model H system includes 4 thruster heads which are canted, allowing for both primary propulsion and attitude control (orientation) without the use of moving parts. The goal within the CubeQest Challenge is to travel 4 million kilometers, but the team will attempt to go as far as 96 million kilometers before the end of the mission.