Dragracer is mission to demostrate electrodynamic deorbiting of satellites.
The Dragracer project is a joint project to test Tethers Unlimited's Terminator Tape, a conductive tape designed to produce enough drag to lower the satellite's orbit. Millenium Space provides the bus, integration is provided by TrSept and launch by Rocket Lab.
The mission consists of two basically identical satellites of a joint weight of 25 kg. After deployment, the two spacecraft split up and one deploys the Terminator tether, while the other one decays naturally to provide a direct comparisson. It is expected, that the satellite with Terminator Tape will reenter after about two to four weeks, while the other will remain about eight months in orbit.
Harbinger will be launched in 2020 on an Electron KS rocket into a 400 km sun-synchronous orbit.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Equipment:||Terminator Tape deorbiting device|
|Configuration:||Altair class bus|
|Orbit:||400 km, SSO|
|Dragracer 1||-||2020||OnS LC-1||Electron KS||with Dragracer 2, ?|
|Dragracer 2||-||2020||OnS LC-1||Electron KS||with Dragracer 1, ?|