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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 will provide and integrate the ASCENT payload with BCT’s 12U spacecraft bus. Blue Canyon Technologies will perform bus-level testing of the complete spacecraft prior to delivery.

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)² with STPSat 6, LDPE 1

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