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DROID.001

DROID.001 [NanoAvionics]

DROID.001 is a microsat project being developed by Turion and built by the Lithuanian NanoAvionics to serve as a demonstrator for the company’s fleet of satellites providing space situational awareness data and later space debris removal.

Turion Space wants to build a spacecraft to remove orbital-debris, service satellites, and improve domain awareness. Future generations of the spacecraft will be able to remove space debris from LEO, and will be capable of in-orbit satellite servicing while providing orbit-modification and inspection.

Droid-1 will be capable of taking extremely accurate measurements of space objects using its onboard sensors, Turion says. The data will point operators and users to the exact location of satellites and in relation to others. This comes in handy especially when two spacecraft are critically close.

Droid-1 can provide more precise measurements than ground systems such as radars and telescopes, the company claims. Ground systems cannot differentiate between closely spaced objects accurately, if at all, and weather conditions and geographic accessibility affect their performance.

Droid-1 carried HEO Robotic's HOLMES imager.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Space surveillance
Operator: Turion
Contractors: NanoAvionics
Equipment:
Configuration: MP42 bus
Propulsion: Green monopropellant micro-thruster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DROID.001 2023-084AK 12.06.2023 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with W-Series 1, Skykraft Deployer 3, Skykraft 3A, ..., 3D, ICEYE X23, X25, X26, X30, GHOSt 3, Grégoire, Runner 1, Tomorrow R2, QPS-SAR 6, ÑuSat 40, ..., 43, Aces 1, ..., 4, HOTSAT 1, AFR, DROID.001, MuSat 1, ION-SCV 011, Outpost Mission 1, EPICHyper 2, Kelpie 2, Spei Satelles, ELO 4, MRC-100, Unicorn 2I, SATLLA 2I, URESAT 1, Istanbul, ROM 2, Orbiter SN3, Otter Pup, MDQSAT 1C, 1D, Pleiades-Squared, GEI-SAT Precursor, XVI, AII-Delta, Ayris 1, 2, EIVE, FOREST 2, Lemur-2 167, 168, MISR-A 1, MISR-B 2, Tiger 4, FOSSASat FEROX 1, ..., 4, SpaceBEE 168, ..., 179

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