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Ascent [Blue Canyon Tech]

Ascent is a mission to demonstrate various CubeSat operations in geostationary orbit (GEO).

AFRL awarded a second contract for BCT to build, test and deliver a 12U-CubeSat bus for the Ascent mission. AFRL provided and integrated the Ascent payload with BCTís 12U spacecraft bus. Blue Canyon Technologies will perform bus-level testing of the complete spacecraft prior to delivery.

Ascentís mission has been to evaluate the performance of COTS technology, in the GEO space environment, where satellites match the Earthís rotation. Having a better understanding of how various components survive in this harsh environment, is critical to fielding robust satellites.

Ascent completed its mission in October 2022.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Contractors: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) (payload); Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) (bus)
Configuration: CubeSat (12U)
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ascent 2021-118E 07.12.2021 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(551)≤ with STPSat 6, LDPE 1

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