CubeSpace offers an integrated Attitude Determination and Control (ADCS) for CubeSats, enabling 3-axis control throughout a spacecraft's orbit. CubeADCS is a flight-proven integrated attitude control system for small satellites.

CubeSats have evolved to the point where high accuracy inertial pointing has become an important requirement in certain class of missions. CubeSpace has developed a 3-axis system that builds on the company's experience and hardware heritage gained from the Y-Momentum unit. This system can be upgraded to a variety of levels to provide different pointing abilities for different missions and satellite sizes.

The following modes are available in the default bundle:

  • Detumble the satellite and bring it to a controlled spin using the magnetorquers
  • Stabilize the attitude in the orbit using a combination of the momentum wheel and magnetorquers
  • Perform pitch maneuvers in the orbital plane by controlling the momentum wheel's speed
  • Perform 3-axis pointing in any direction

The following elements are included in the standard version of the 3-axis ADCS:

  • CubeComputer with compiled ADCS Control Program (ACP)
  • CubeSense sun and Earth sensor
  • 3x CubeWheel Small
  • 1x Deployable magnetometer
  • 10x coarse sun sensors
  • 2x CubeTorquer Rods
  • 1x CubeTorquer Coil

Upgrade options available to customers to customize the 3-axis ADCS include (prices include worldwide shipment and insurance):

  • Upgrade to CubeWheel Small+ (+ USD 3,600)
  • Upgrade to CubeWheel Medium (+ USD 6,180)
  • Upgrade to CubeWheel Large (+ USD 9,050)
  • Upgrade to CubeTorquer Medium (+ USD 820)
  • Upgrade to CubeTorquer Large (+ USD 2,100)
  • Redundant magnetometer (+ USD 2000)
  • Add CubeStar (+ USD 13,500)
  • Custom algorithms API to allow custom controllers (+ USD 3,300)

The representative CAD model available for download is based on the standard verison of the 3-axis ADCS, including the CubeWheel Small. The standard version is suitable for 2U and 3U spacecraft and options and upgrades for satellites up to 12U are available too.

The video below is a presentation by CubeSpace from the 2021 satsearch webinar: "a guide to selecting an ADCS for a small satellite mission". For more information about the webinar, and to see footage of the entire event, please click here

Flight heritage

The product has achieved flight heritage since 2014.

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Last updated: 2022-10-21

CubeADCS 3-Axis

42,750 USD


  • CAD model(126.93 MB)
  • Datasheet(2.52 MB)
  • ICD(3.13 MB)
  • Option sheet(956.99 KB)
  • User manual(1.46 MB)


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