Xplora 12U Platform

Xplora 12U CubeSat

Our compact, affordable, high-performance Xplora 12U CubeSat contains all the essentials to operate your payload. The Xplora 12U is designed to accommodate multiple mission configurations, with extra payload space for your mission needs, including secure communications, propulsion, high-speed data links and deployable solar panels. 

 The Xplora 12U 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 12U 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 12U Features

Key Features 12U Platform
Available Payload
Pointing Accuracy
±0.002 deg (1-sigma) for 3 axes, 2 Trackers
Pointing Stability
1 arc-sec over 1 sec
Orbit Knowledge
0.04° (1σ), 0.05m/s
Data Interfaces
  • UHF:
    • 401-402 MHz
    • Uplink/Downlink up to 2.4 kbps
  • S-band:
    • Uplink 2025-2110 MHz; 53 kbps
    • Downlink 2200-2290 MHz; 3 Mbps
  • X-Band
    • Downlink 8025-8400 MHz
    • Up to 98 Mbps
Onboard Data Storage
Up to 120 GB
Battery Capacity
161 Wh
Solar Array Power
Payload Power
3.3, 5.0, 12.0 V, 18.0-25.0 V, Vbat (6.0 – 8.4 V)
Multiple electric and chemical propulsion systems available
AES256 Encryption and Authentication
Orbit Altitude / Orbit Lifetime
LEO > 5 years | GEO > 2 years

Xplora Satellite Platforms

Xplora enables your missions for Earth orbit, planetary exploration, and deep space

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 30 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