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Demosat (LCT2 / AFSS)

Demosat [SpaceX]

Demosat was a vehicle evaluation payload, containing two small experiments fro NASA. It was to remain attached to the Falcon-1 second stage.

LCT2 (Low Cost TDRSS Transceiver) was a low-cost transceiver for launch vehicles that would allow them to relay telemetry to the ground through the agency's TDRS satellites. The goal of the LCT2 effort was to produce a transceiver that will significantly lower the flight hardware costs required to communicate through NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) and will meet the suborbital and orbital launch vehicle needs for Space Based Range Communications (SBRC).

AFSS (Autonomous Flight Safety System) was a real-time onboard hardware and software system for tracking and possible flight termination. AFSS was designed primarily for small expendable vehicles at remote launch sites where providing traditional ground-based range safety infrastructure, including radio frequency (RF) communication and command links, radar stations, data processing, display facilities, and trained operators, would be extremely expensive. Advantages of using AFSS include global coverage and decreased costs during remote launch site operations.

Demosat did not reach orbit due to a second stage problem.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: SpaceX
Contractors: SpaceX
Equipment: ?
Configuration: experiments bolted to upper stage
Propulsion: None
Power: Batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Demosat (LCT2 / AFSS) 2007-F02 21.03.2007 Om F Falcon-1 (dev)

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