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BlueWalker 3 (BW 3)

BlueWalker 3 [AST & Science]

BlueWalker 3 is prototype satellite for AST & Science's SpaceMobile mobile communications constellation.

The satellite will be to test AST & Science's patented technologies for connecting to cellphones in a space environment for their planned SpaceMobile constellation. The ~ 1.5 ton satellite will deploy a 10 m diameter phased array antenna with 64 m2 area consisting of numerous identical sub-antenna modules to connect directly to standard mobile phones.

It is a prototype for the larger operational BlueBird satellites. The first five BlueBird satellites will be similar to BlueWalker 3, while the remaining will be larger.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communications, technology
Operator: AST & Science
Contractors: AST & Science
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~1500 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BlueWalker 3 (BW 3) 2022-111AL 11.09.2022 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.5 G4-2-1, ..., G4-2-34


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