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Arkyd 6A, 6B (A6A, A6B)

Arkyd 6A (A6) [Planetary Resources]

Planetary Resources' Arkyd 6A or A6A is a technology demonstration nanosatellite based on the 6U CubeSat form factor for the planned Arkyd-100 asteroid prospecting astronomy satellites.

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Planetary Resources
Contractors: Planetary Resources
Equipment: infrared imager
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 10 kg
Orbit: 493 km × 505 km, 97.56°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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 ?

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