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GEARRS 3 [NearSpace Launch]

GEARRS 3 or GEARRSAT 3 (Globalstar Experiment And Risk Reduction Satellite) is a 3U CubeSat built by NearSpace Launch in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to test a satellite black box.

The Black Box transmits vital data, health and safety information, GPS, and summary data while in orbit for 24/7 coverage via the Globalstar network. With its included solar arrays, the Black Box would operate for many years after the primary satellite fails so that essential data and tracking is continuous, and altitude known. If the satellite reawakens after some long failure, the Black Box reports the new status, and the satellite may be reactivated. satellite communications network is a feasible option for the command and control of a small satellite systems and cubesats.

The 120 gram Black Box patch is mounted on the outside of the cubesat and is completely autonomous with its own solar cell. It is based on the recent technology demonstrated by the autonomous EyeStar Tag (TagSat) flown on the Sherpa-FX 1 and 2 deployers as well as the ThinSat.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: NearSpace Launch, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Contractors: NearSpace Launch, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GEARRS 3 (GEARRSAT 3) 2022-003D 13.01.2022 Mo RW12/30 LauncherOne with PAN A, PAN B, TechEdSat 13, ADLER 1, STORK 3, SteamSat 2


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