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Arkyd 3, 3-Reflight (A3, A3R)

Arkyd 3 (A3) [Planetary Resources]

Planetary Resources' Arkyd 3 or A3 is a technology demonstration nanosatellite based on the triple CubeSat form factor for the planned Arkyd-100 asteroid prospecting astronomy satellites.

The satellite will test systems for the Arkyd-100 satellites, but does not feature a telescope.

Arkyd 3 was to be transported to the International Space Station and to be deployed from there in October 2014. The launch failed shortly after lift off.

The reflight Arkyd 3R was successfully launched towards the ISS onbaord of Dragon CRS-6. It was deployed on 15 July 2015.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Planetary Resources
Contractors: Planetary Resources
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 4.0 kg
Orbit: 396 km × 402 km, 51.65 (#3R)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arkyd 3 (A3) 2014-F02 28.10.2014 WI LC-0A F Antares-130 with Cygnus CRS-3, Flock-1d 1, ..., 26, Arkyd 3, RACE, GOMX 2
Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) 1998-067GU 14.04.2015 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.1 with Dragon CRS-6, Flock-1e 1, ..., 14, Centennial 1


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