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BlueWalker 1, 2 (BW 1, 2)

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communications, technology
Operator: NanoAvionics, AST & Science
Contractors: NanoAvionics
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: 434 km × 515 km, 97.5
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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
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