12U CubeSat / Nanosatellite M12P
CubeSat
12U CubeSat / Nanosatellite M12P

NanoAvionics M12P is a 12U CubeSat with double deployable solar panels for efficient solar energy harvesting and power generation. Its standard configurations are designed using our modular subsystems and a variety of common data interfaces to meet diverse payload performance needs.

Many of our customers have chosen our 12U CubeSat bus for its payload volume and power delivery capabilities, including NASA’s ACS3 solar sail demonstration, Thales Alenia Space’s first two satellites for the Omnispace 5G non-terrestrial network constellation, and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s two satellites to low Earth orbit and Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Apart from standard and tailored small satellite buses, NanoAvionics also provides comprehensive customer support, from initial mission planning to in-orbit operations, ensuring a smooth and successful mission lifecycle. With industry-leading performance and a proven track record, the standard M12P bus is an excellent choice for customers looking to improve their time to space and time in space.

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M12P Light
Base performance
M12P Mid
Fast downlink
M12P Max
High pointing accuracy
Available Payload Power (Sun Tracking)
Available Payload Mass
Available Payload Mass With Propulsion
Available Payload Volume
Available Payload Volume With Propulsion
Max Allowable S/C Mass
Data Rates (Uplink/Downlink)
Absolute Knowledge Error
The AKE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
Absolute Performance Error
The APE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
33 W
18 kg
17 kg
8 U
8 U
32 kg
1 Mbps / 3 Mbps
4.31° (1σ)
4.40° (1σ)
29.5 W
17.5 kg
16.5 kg
8 U
8 U
32 kg
1 Mbps / 80 Mbps
4.31° (1σ)
4.40° (1σ)
25.5 W
17.5 kg
16.5 kg
8 U
8 U
32 kg
1 Mbps / 80 Mbps
0.04° (1σ)
0.08° (1σ)
Base performance
Available Payload Power (Sun Tracking)
33 W
Available Payload Mass
18 kg
Available Payload Mass With Propulsion
17 kg
Available Payload Volume
8 U
Available Payload Volume With Propulsion
8 U
Max Allowable S/C Mass
32 kg
Data Rates (Uplink/Downlink)
1 Mbps / 3 Mbps
Absolute Knowledge Error
The AKE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
4.31° (1σ)
Absolute Performance Error
The APE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
4.40° (1σ)
Fast downlink
Available Payload Power (Sun Tracking)
29.5 W
Available Payload Mass
17.5 kg
Available Payload Mass With Propulsion
16.5 kg
Available Payload Volume
8 U
Available Payload Volume With Propulsion
8 U
Max Allowable S/C Mass
32 kg
Data Rates (Uplink/Downlink)
1 Mbps / 80 Mbps
Absolute Knowledge Error
The AKE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
4.31° (1σ)
Absolute Performance Error
The APE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
4.40° (1σ)
High pointing accuracy
Available Payload Power (Sun Tracking)
25.5 W
Available Payload Mass
17.5 kg
Available Payload Mass With Propulsion
16.5 kg
Available Payload Volume
8 U
Available Payload Volume With Propulsion
8 U
Max Allowable S/C Mass
32 kg
Data Rates (Uplink/Downlink)
1 Mbps / 80 Mbps
Absolute Knowledge Error
The AKE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
0.04° (1σ)
Absolute Performance Error
The APE values are reached if the satellite angular velocity does not exceed 0.6 deg/s. The ADCS performance is impacted if this angular velocity is exceeded.
0.08° (1σ)
Why NanoAvionics Cubesats/Microsatellites?
  • Driving key small satellite developments for over 10 years
  • Trusted partner by 142+ customers
  • 92,3% full mission lifetime success rate (7,7% partial success) compared to 72,69% (15,4% partial) industry average
  • Rigorous product and quality assurance processes with heavy focus on radiation testing
  • Truly agnostic manufacturer, not competing with our customers by becoming a data provider
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