GEARRS 1 [NearSpace Launch]
GEARRS or GEARRSAT (Globalstar Experiment And Risk Reduction Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat built by NearSpace Launch in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The satellite is to investigate, if the use of the Globalstar satellite communications network is a feasible option for the command and control of a small satellite systems and cubesats.
The satellite is based on the recent technology demonstrated by the Taylor University and NSL TSAT experiment.
GEARRS was launched on board of Cygnus CRS-2 to the International Space Station to be deployed from the Japanese airlock. It was deployed on 4 March 2015. GEARRS reentered on 8 November 2015.
A second satellite, GEARRS 2 was launched in May 2015 as a piggy-back payload on an Atlas-5(501) rocket.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||NearSpace Launch, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)|
|Contractors:||NearSpace Launch, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||395 km × 404 km, 51.65° (#1); 356 km × 700 km, 55.01° (#2)|
|GEARRS 1 (GEARRSAT 1)||1998-067FZ||13.07.2014||WI LC-0A||Antares-120||with Cygnus CRS-2, Flock-1b 1, ..., 28, MicroMAS, TechEdSat 4, Lambdasat|
|GEARRS 2 (GEARRSAT 2)||2015-025G||20.05.2015||CC SLC-41||Atlas-5(501)||with X-37B OTV-4, LightSail 1, OptiCube 1, OptiCube 2, OptiCube 3, USS Langley, AeroCube 8A, AeroCube 8B, BRICSat-P, PSat A|