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Aurora (Shasta, Astro Digital Demo 9)

Astro Digital Demo 9 (Shasta) [Astro Digital]

Aurora or Astro Digital Demo 9 or Shasta is a technology demonstration of a hyperspectral imaging payload for Orbital Sidekick's (OSK) GHOSt satellites.

The spacecraft bus is the Corvus-Micro design. The satellite bus uses reaction wheels, magnetic torque coils/rods, star tracker(s), magnetometers, sun sensors, and gyroscopes to enable precision 3-axis pointing without the use of propellant.

The Demo9 satellite is based on the standard Corvus-Micro bus and has a total mass of ~22.5 kg. The main spacecraft body has dimensions of ~34 cm × ~34 cm × ~49 cm. The satellite has multiple body-mounted solar panels (no deployable). The superstructure is comprised of 6 aluminum iso-grid outer panels. All the internal components are attached to the inner faces of these 6 structural panels. There is a Planetary Systems Lightband on the +X face of the spacecraft that is used to deploy the spacecraft from the launch vehicle. Two independent UHF TT&C antennas protrude from opposite sides of the spacecraft body.

The hyperspectral imaging payload was designed to match NASA's Hyperion instrument on the EO 1 satellite with a spatial resolution of 30 meters for all bands.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Orbital Sidekick's (OSK), Astro Digital
Contractors: Astro Digital (prime), Orbital Sidekick (OSK) (payload)
Equipment: hyperspectral imaging payload
Configuration: Corvus-Micro
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 22.5 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Aurora (Shasta, Astro Digital Demo 9) 2021-059CF 30.06.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.5 R1-1, ..., R1-3, Umbra-SAR 2001, YAM 2, YAM 3, ÑuSat 19, ..., 22, ICEYE X11, X12, X13, X15, TUBIN, Mandrake 2A, 2B, Capella 5, GNOMES 2, LINCS 1, 2, PACE 1, TROPICS Pathfinder, D2/AtlaCom 1, EG 3, Centauri 4, Lemur-2 140, ..., 145, SpaceBEE 88, ..., 111, SpaceBEENZ 7, ..., 10, Sherpa-FX 2, Lynk 06, Hawk 3A, 3B, 3C, Astrocast 0201, ..., 0205, Painani 2, Sherpa-LTE 1, Tenzing, ARTHUR 1, Faraday Phoenix, KSF 1A, ..., 1D, Tiger 2, ION-SCV 003, NAPA 2, Spartan, Neptuno, W-Cube, Ghalib, QMR-KWT

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