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SpaceBEE 9, 10, 11

SpaceBEE 9 [Swarm Technologies]

The four SpaceBEE, formerly known as BEEs (Basic Electronic Elements), picosatellites, built to the 1U CubeSat form factor are to demonstrate two-way satellite communications and data relay for Swarm Technologies Inc. as a follow on to the first four smaller SpaceBEE satellites.

The mission is to test the world’s smallest two-way communications satellites to serve as a cost-effective low-data rate Internet of Things (IoT) network connectivity solution for remote and mobile sensors. The initial experimental space deployment is comprised of four satellites, each with a 1U form factor employing radar signature enhancement technology, which enables them to be passively tracked, and using VHF band frequencies for communications. There will also be an experimental deployment of ground stations for communications with the space units.

The mission is to demonstrate the capabilities of these picosatellites for serving low data rate communication relays for remote sensors and data collectors. Experimental operations is scheduled to begin upon launch for a period of at least 6 months and up to 2 years

For the third batch of satellites, the 1U form factor was chosen to increase the rad radar cross section over the original 1/4U satellites for enhanced tracking. The network of satellites is comprised of Basic Electronic Elements (“BEEs”) which are 1U form factor satellites, made out of an aluminum frame, PCBs, a single 12.5 Whr battery and solar panels for recharge. The satellites include radar return enhancement technology as a test for enhanced radar signatures (much larger than a typical 1U would experience).

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Swarm Technologies
Contractors: Swarm Technologies
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: none
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SpaceBEE 9 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X2, BlackSky Global 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, SpaceCap, Flock-v 1, ..., 36, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ROSE 1, ORS 7A, 7B, Centauri 2, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Eaglet 1, Orbital Reflector, PW-Sat 2, SpaceBEE 10, 11, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, Hamilton 1, JY1-Sat, MOVE 2, ?
SpaceBEE 10 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X2, BlackSky Global 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, SpaceCap, Flock-v 1, ..., 36, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ROSE 1, ORS 7A, 7B, Centauri 2, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Eaglet 1, Orbital Reflector, PW-Sat 2, SpaceBEE 9, 11, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, Hamilton 1, JY1-Sat, MOVE 2, ?
SpaceBEE 11 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X2, BlackSky Global 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, SpaceCap, Flock-v 1, ..., 36, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ROSE 1, ORS 7A, 7B, Centauri 2, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Eaglet 1, Orbital Reflector, PW-Sat 2, SpaceBEE 9, 10, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, Hamilton 1, JY1-Sat, MOVE 2, ?

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