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GNS

The GNS (Global Network of Swarms) is a technology demonstration mission of swarm networking algorithms using eight small, chip based spacecraft called Basic Electronic Elements or BEEs provided by Swarm Technologies, LLC.

These flat, single board spacecraft are fully autonomous and capable of forming radio frequency networked nodes in space. The 8 BEE spacecraft, aggregated into their 1U cubesat carrier/deployer is termed the GNS spacecraft. Swarms or constellations of BEEs can relay data in real-time and can create global space-based relay networks for scientific, industrial, and government applications.

GNS was selected in 2016 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: NASA Ames Research Center
Contractors: NASA Ames Research Center (prime); Swarm Technologies LLC (BEEs)
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
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Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GNS - (via NASA ELaNa program) with ?