FalconSAT-8, is a microsatellite developed by the U.S. Air Force Academy and sponsored by the USAF Research Laboratory (AFRL).
FalconSAT-8 is an educational platform for cadets, which performs technology demonstrations for the Air Force. FalconSAT-8 carries five experimental payloads, and members of the Cadet Space Operations Squadron will operate FalconSAT-8.
The satellite will test a novel electromagnetic propulsion system, low-weight antenna technology and a commercial reaction wheel to provide attitude control in orbit.
following experiments are on board:
The satellite was deployed end of May 2020 from the service module of X-37B OTV-6, which was launched on 17 May 2020 on an Atlas-5(501).
|Type / Application:||Experimental|
|Operator:||U.S. Air Force Academy|
|Contractors:||U.S. Air Force Academy|
|Equipment:||MEP, MMA, CANOE, ACES, SkyPad|
|Propulsion:||Magnetogradient Electrostatic Plasma Truster|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|FalconSat 8 (USA 300)||2020-029B||17.05.2020||CC SLC-41||Atlas-5(501)||with X-37B OTV-6|