Research The Tethering And Ranging mission of the Georgia Institute of Technology (TARGIT)

The Tethering And Ranging mission of the Georgia Institute of Technology (TARGIT)

While the primary goal of the project is focused on delivering university students hands-on education in space systems and applications, the investigation also seeks to develop an innovative miniaturized satellite remote sensing instrument and demonstrate its capabilities as part of a CubeSat mission. The instrument to be developed and flown is an imaging LiDAR system capable of cm-level topographic mapping. The Tethering And Ranging mission of the Georgia Institute of Technology (TARGIT) mission is a 3U CubeSat mission developed by undergraduate students as part of NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP), and which has been selected for a launch opportunity as part of the 8th class of the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). TARGIT will utilize a combination of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) CubeSat components and custom, in-house developed payloads to assess the performance of a LiDAR imaging system on a CubeSat platform. The ultimate objective of this LiDAR system is to enable future planetary (small satellite) missions to gather valuable topographic, navigation, and reconnaissance data with a low size, weight and power (SWaP) instrument.