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Audacy Zero

Audacy Zero [Audacy]

Audacy Zero is a 3U CubeSat built by Clyde Space as a pathfinder for the planned Audacy commercial data relay satellite constellation.

The Audacy Zero cubesat is to demonstration mission to test out Audacy’s user communications terminal and first ground station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audacy Zero will utilize a prototype communications terminal operating in the K and Ka bands with a high gain and a low gain antenna. Primary data transmission will focus on telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) from the communications terminal and subsystems to maintain successful operations and analysis of the terminal hardware. Payload data includes pictures and videos taken from an on-board camera and occasional transmissions from a secondary optical communications payload.

As a secondary payload the cubesat carries Stanford's Polar Orbiting INfrared Tracking Receiver (POINTR), an in flight demonstration of an optical receiver pointing, acquisition and tracking (PAT) system. The optical receiver payload would be pointed to the ground to acquire and track a beacon laser sent from a suitable ground facility, currently proposed as NASA JPL’s OCTL facility.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Audacy
Contractors: Clyde Space
Equipment: K/Ka-band payload, POINTR
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 4.4 years
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Audacy Zero - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X1, BlackSky Global 1, ..., 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, ?

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