Arkyd 6A (A6) [Planetary Resources]
The satellite tested systems for the Arkyd-100 satellites, especially core technology to measure resources on water-rich asteroids. Included in the payload is a mid-wave infrared imaging system, able to precisely measure temperature differences of the objects it observes, as well as acquire key data related to the presence of water and water-bearing minerals. The system will first test targeted areas of the earth before being deployed to near-Earth asteroids on future missions.
It is unclear, if the second satellite will be launched. It likely has been cancelled.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||493 km × 505 km, 97.56°|
|Arkyd 6A (A6A)||2018-004V||12.01.2018||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL||with Cartosat 2F, Microsat-TD, LEO Vantage 1, Carbonite 2, ICEYE X1, INS 1C, CICERO 7, Landmapper-BC 3 v2, Lemur-2 68, ..., 71, Flock-3p' 1, ..., 4, MicroMAS 2a, PicSat, CANYVAL-X 1, 2, CNUSail 1, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, DemoSat 2, GeoStare, Fox 1D, STEP Cube Lab, SpaceBEE 1, ..., 4|
|Arkyd 6B (A6B)||-||cancelled||with ?|