Artemis Space Technologies

Xplora 3U Platform

Xplora 3U CubeSat

Our compact, affordable, high-performance Xplora 3U CubeSat contains all the essentials to operate your payload. The Xplora 3U is a standardised platform that can be tailored to fit your mission needs, including secure communications, propulsion, high-speed data links and deployable solar panels. 

 The Xplora 3U is perfect for: 

  • Technology in-orbit demonstration missions 
  • Educational missions 
  • Scientific missions 
  • IoT missions 
  • Radio communications missions 
  • Signal intelligence missions 
  • Commercial constellation missions 
  • Other missions with small payloads 

 The Xplora 3U can be customised allowing you to innovate and meet your mission goals, with payload volume and power suited to carrying advanced payloads in a single mission or multi-mission concepts

Xplora 3U Features

Bus Mass
1530 g
Max Payload Mass
3000 g
Payload Volume
Up to 2U
Payload Power
Up to 31 Wh/orbit, 62 W peak
Power Bus
3.3 V; 5 V; (3 V – 12V configurable)
Pointing Accuracy
±0.003 deg (1-sigma) for 2 axes, 1 Tracker
Max Slew Rate
up to 10°/s
Data Storage
Up to 120 GB
Data Buses
SpaceWire, CAN, RS422 and TTL level UART
Up to 50 Mbps
GPS, 1-10m
AES256 Encryption and Authentication
Design Lifetime
7 years in LEO

Modular, Scaleable, Powerful

Xplora Platforms provide industry leading payload space, power and capabilities

Xplora 3U Platform

Low cost, high-performance CubeSat with industry-leading volume & power available for your payload

Xplora 6U Platform

High power, large payload volume, combined with the choice of propulsion for mission optimisation

Xplora 8U Platform

Perfect for missions with large payloads, high power requirements and large data volume handling

Xplora 12U Platform

All the essentials needed for advanced missions with large payload volumes for customised  missions

Xplora 16U Platform

A powerful platform providing high-performance & flexibility with a large payload volume available

Iris 27U Platform

A cost-effective  solution for constellations & advanced missions, with 40 kg max payload capacity

X1 Athena

A versatile Microsat that can accommodate complex payloads and missions, scaleable with max payload capacity 100 kg

X2 Gaia

A compact, scaleable platform with flexibility for advanced missions, scaleable up to 300kg with max payload capacity 200kg

X3 Aegaion

The largest of our satellite platforms, flexible and scaleable up to 500kg with max payload capacity 300kg