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Centennial 1

Centennial 1 [BAH]

Centennial 1 is a single unit CubeSat (1U) developed by Booz Allen Hamilton in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The satellite is developed as an internal company technology demonstration experiment to test a small optical sensor package including small photodetectors and a small camera as payload on a 1U cubesat. The name remebers Booz Allen Hamilton's one hundredth year as a corporation. Centennial-1 is designed and built by staff engineers and college interns.

Centennial-1 will take part in a series of experiments for the Air Force Research Laboratory in which a ground - based laser will image the satellite as part of an evolutionary process to develop space situational awareness technology. Centennial-1 carries an onboard photon detector to measure laser energy received at the satellite.

Centennial-1 will also capture on-orbit imagery and transmit it back to a ground station. The satellite is planned to operate only when over the US under an experimental licence from the FCC.

Centennial-1 hitched a ride on a resupply craft headed for the International Space Station (ISS), where it was deployed on 15 July 2015 in an orbit similar to the station's orbital path. The satellite reentered on 6 January 2016.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Booz Allen Hamilton, Air Force Research Laboratory
Contractors: Booz Allen Hamilton
Equipment: Small optical sensor package
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 395 km × 403 km, 51.65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Centennial 1 1998-067GV 14.04.2015 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.1 with Dragon CRS-6, Flock-1e 1, ..., 14, Arkyd 3-Reflight