Boreal Space's Next Mission: The Wayfinder II. Update.


The Mission

Boreal Space's next mission is Wayfinder II (WF2), a 3U CubeSat that is hosting various payloads for commercial and scientific purposes. The team has been working extremely hard to put together the WF2 and it will very soon see its collaborative effort takeoff. WF2 is scheduled for a suborbital flight in the Mojave Desert in the first quarter of 2018. The launch vehicle is InterOrbital's N1 GTV (NEPTUNE 1 Guided Test Vehicle).

WF2 Payloads

Four high-profile payloads will be housed in a unique architecture and tested under extreme environmental conditions. These payloads include advancements in technology or experiments from Denmark, Singapore, and Japan as well as an experiment from Stanford University.

1. Spacelink Secure UHF Radio

This radio was created in collaboration with Denmark's Space Inventor. It has a pair of fully redundant UHF band transceivers that are paired with a ground station for IoT connectivity experiments. This radio is the first of a series that will expand to S and X band frequencies. The Spacelink Secure radios are light-weight and low-powered which makes them ideal for CubeSat applications.

2. Team Hakuto’s robotic payload

Team Hakuto is a contender for the Google Lunar X Prize and it has provided Boreal Space with a robotics payload. Their mission is to create a rover that will land on the moon (with the help of a rocket) and move more than 500 meters while sending “Mooncasts” (360 degrees, HD images) back to Earth. This payload test helps raise the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of Team Hakuto’s engineering design.

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Team Hakuto's Rover Design for the Google Lunar X Prize

Team Hakuto's Rover Design for the Google Lunar X Prize


This payload is provided by Stanford University’s Extreme Environments Laboratory (XLab), which is focused on micro and nano-system operation in harsh environments. The SHARK-I will test AIGaN-GaN (Gallium Nitride) sensors to measure temperature and magnetic fields in suborbital, plus, possibly radiation in orbital levels. The payload Principal Investigator is Karen Dowling, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University with the support of Prof. Debbie Senesky, Hannah Alpert, Andrea Ramirez, and Anthony Garcia.

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4. CA2DM’s Graphene Experiment

The National University of Singapore’s Centre for Advanced Two-Dimensional Materials (CA2DM) has provided ultra thin (0.5 nm) graphene samples and will test its properties after being launched into the stratosphere. Graphene, discovered in 2004, will contribute to future space applications because of its extreme thinness, heat conduction, and electrical properties.

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Graphene samples sent from National University of Singapore (NUS)

Graphene samples sent from National University of Singapore (NUS)

The Rocket

InterObital’s N1 GTV rocket includes high-efficiency CPM 2.0 filament-wound tank assemblies, a new rocket engine gimballing system, and a new CPM Controller that will guide this the low-altitude flight. This test flight will simulate an orbital launch trajectory intended to help develop the N1 rocket and its planned polar orbit (310 km) launch.

The Sponsors:

This mission is not possible without the help of these organizations and the support they have provided to our launch team members. We want to thank Raymix Music, San Jose State University Alumni Association, Downtown College Prep, ATLAS Space Operations, and AAC Microtec. Thank you for believing in Boreal Space team!

The Boreal Space team is beyond excited to host these amazing payloads and wish them all the best in their future experiments and endeavors.