BlueWalker 1 [NanoAvionics]
BlueWalker 1 is a 6U-CubeSat built by the Lithuanian company NanoAvionics for AST & Science. AST & Science is also an investor in NanoAvionics.
The satellite was used to test AST & Science's patented technologies for connecting to cellphones in a space environment for their planned SpaceMobile constellation. The manufacturing and payload integration reportedly was done in one month. The satellite proved that AST & Science's system could link directly to cellphones.
The satellite carried a cell phone as a receiver for the ground based test system.
The satellite was released into a lower than planned orbit due to a delayed deployment, reducing the orbital life time slightly.
Two more satellites are planned for 2020 and 2021. It now appears, that BlueWalker 2 is no longer to be launched and that the second test flight is the much larger BlueWalker 3 in 2021, which is to test a 10 m diameter deployable antenna.
|Type / Application:||Communications, technology|
|Operator:||NanoAvionics, AST & Science|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||434 km × 515 km, 97.5°|
|BlueWalker 1 (BW 1)||2019-018AD||01.04.2019||Sr SLP||p||PSLV-QL||with EMISAT, Flock-4a 1, ..., 20, Lemur-2 96, ..., 99, M6P, Astrocast 0.2, AISTECHSAT 3, AIS/APRS/ARIS / releasesed in wrong orbit|
|BlueWalker 2 (BW 2)||-||202x||with ? / cancelled|