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Gama Alpha

Gama Alpha [Gama]

Gama Alpha [Gama]

Gama Alpha is a technology demonstration mission for solar sail technology.

The objective of this mission is to test the sail's deployment mechanism, as well as the deployment of a 73.3 square meter solar sail in low earth orbit. Gama Alpha employs a spin-sail solution, in which the sail is deployed by slowing rotating the satellite and using centrifugal force. There are no stabilizing struts.

Nation: France
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Gama
Contractors: Gama
Equipment: Deployable solar sail
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Gama Alpha 2023-001 03.01.2023 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with YAM 5, Lynk Tower 03, 04, Umbra-SAR 04, 05, EOS-SAT 1, ICEYE X21, X22, X27, ÑuSat 32, ..., 35, Skykraft Deployer 1, Skykraft 1, ..., 4, Chimera LEO-1, ION-SCV 007, 008, Astrocast 0401, ..., 0404, Futura SM1, Futura SM3, Kelpie 1, Sharjah-Sat 1, TAU-SAT 2, Orbiter SN1, (Skyline Celestial), MDQSAT 1A, 1B, (NPC Spacemind), PROVES-Yearling, Sapling 1, Unicorn 2G, 2H, Vigoride 5, ZEUS 1, KSF 3A, ..., 3D, Flock-4y 1, ..., 36, Lemur-2 157, ..., 162, SpaceBEE 156, ..., 167, EWS RROCI, BRO 8, Gama Alpha, Menut, MilSpace2 1, 2, NSLSat 2, Platform 2, EYE 1, STAR-VIBE, Sternula 1, Connecta T1.2, Guardian alpha, KuwaitSat 1, PolyITAN-HP-30, BDSAT 2, Pushan alpha

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