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Mycroft

Mycroft is an experimental satellite built by Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and is flown via the STP (Space Test Program).

It is built on an Orbital ATK ESPASat bus.

Mycroft will demonstrate early orbit determination self inspection capabilities by inspecting the EAGLE satellite, which carried Mycroft into orbit. It will perform close operation within 10 km of EAGLE.

Mycroft was launched in 2018 as a deployable payload on the EAGLE satellite on the AFSPC 11 mission on an Atlas-5(551) rocket. Soon after reaching orbit, it was deployed from EAGLE. The identification of Mycroft as USA 285 is tentative.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: AFRL
Contractors: AFRL; Orbital ATK (bus)
Equipment:
Configuration: ESPASat
Propulsion:
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~100 kg
Orbit: 38992 km × 38992 km, 0.0
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Mycroft (USA 285 ?) 2018-036E 14.04.2018 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(551) with CBAS, EAGLE, USA 286, USA 287

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Further STP missions: