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HLVOLSDP [Colorado Space Grant]

The HLVOLSDP (Heavy Lift Vehicle Operational Launch Service Demonstration Payload) or DemoSat is only a 5993 kg instrumented mass to record multiple ride characteristics of the Delta-4H to be plugged into future military satellite and OSP designs. The vehicle flew a typical geosynchronous orbit-insertion mission profile and was to deliver the payload into an orbit above the geostationary orbit.

It was based on a demonstration payload constructed for the maiden Delta-4 flight, which was not used, as a real payload was available. DemoSat is a cylindrical outer aluminium structure 1.95 m high and 1.38 m diameter. The inner ballast consists of sixty brass rods, stiffeners, fasteners and fittings.

Two criteria had to be met in the construction of this demonstration payload:

  • specific mass and center of gravity representing a real payload
  • in case of reentry complete burn up (met by the use of brass rods and aluminium for the construction)

As the structure is very robust, a late addition of the 3CS (Nanosat-2) payload to the DemoSat was possible. The dispenser was side-mounted on DemoSat.

The DemoSat reached a lower than planned orbit as the Delta-4H under-performed with shorter than planned CBC burn times, leading to a fuel shortage of the second stage during the last burn.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Instrumented dummy payload
Operator: Boeing
Contractors: Boeing, Process Fab Inc. (structure)
Configuration: Cylinder
Propulsion: None
Mass: 5993 kg
Orbit: 19027 km × 36406 km, 13.5 (36340 km × 36342 km, 10.0 planned)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DemoSat (HLVOLSDP) 2004-050A 21.12.2004 CC SLC-37B P Delta-4H with 3CS 1, 3CS 2


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