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Prox 1 (Nanosat 7)

Prox 1 (right) [Georgia Tech]

The Prox 1 mssion is designed to demonstrate automated trajectory control in low-Earth orbit relative to a deployed cubesat.

The spacecraft has been designed, fabricated and tested by a team of Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students who will also be resposible for missions operations. The Prox-1 spacecraft is equipped with thermal and visible imagers provided by Arizona State University. Prox-1 will deploy a smaller spacecraft called LightSail B, a 3U CubeSat solar sail demonstration mission developed by The Planetary Society in partnership with Stellar Exploration, Inc. and Cal Poly.

Prox-1 will fly in close proximity to the LightSail spacecraft, demonstrating automated trajectory control based upon relative orbit determination using passive imaging. Prox-1 will also acquire images of the LightSail solar sail deployment event, and will provide first-time flight validation of advanced sun sensor technology, a small satellite propulsion system, and a lightweight thermal imager.

Prox-1 was selected as the winner of the seventh University Nanosat mission for launch in 2015. It will be launched on the STP-2 mission on a Falcon-Heavy rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Georgia Tech
Contractors: Georgia Tech
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Prox 1 (Nanosat 7) - 2017 CCK LC-39A Falcon-Heavy with DSX , FORMOSAT 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E, 7F, GPIM, OTB 1, FalconSat 6, NPSat 1, Oculus-ASR, LightSail B, ARMADILLO, FalconSat 7, TBEx A, TBEx B, Prometheus 2.2, Prometheus 2.4, Prometheus 2.5, Prometheus 2.6, Prometheus 2.7, Prometheus 2.8, Prometheus 2.9, Prometheus 2.10, PSat 2, BRICSat 2, TEPCE 1, TEPCE 2, CP 9 (LEO), StangSat, DOTSI, CNGB, Ballast