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GSky 1

GSky 1 [Vector]

GSky 1 (GalacticSky 1) is an experimental 3U CubeSat by GalacticSky, a division of Vector Space Systems, to demonstrate a software-defined satellite.

GSky-1 successfully completed integration at the University of Southern California’s Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and will validate GalacticSky’s mission to help enable innovators to easily and effectively deploy space application technology in space.

GSky-1 hosts the following advanced technology payloads for NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that will provide independent data to characterize the harsh environment and operational performance of GalacticSky:

  • CrossTrac Precision Timing Board (PTB) - Combines the short-term precision of an atomic clock with the long-term stability of a GPS receiver to provide users with a programmable precision time reference. The test data from PTB ground and flight demonstrations have been purchased by NASA.
  • Cateni Processor/Sensor Flight Board (PSFB) - Integrates advanced command and data processing components with ethernet interfaces for IP based communications between the vehicle and payloads, two Teledyne radiation dosimeters (one shielded by VSRS and the other exposed to space), and integrated GPS with the groundbreaking MEMs integrated 6-axis Motion Tracking device that combines a 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer, and a Digital Motion Processor.
  • TUI Versatile Structural Radiation Shielding (VSRS) - VSRS is a novel, 3D-printed radiation shielding technology developed by Tethers Unlimited under Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to provide a lightweight, customizable, and cost-effective solution to enable commercial off the shelf (COTS) electronics to operate reliably in the space radiation environment.

After the bankruptcy of Vector Space Systems, the future of GalacticSky remains uncertain. Lockheed Martin announced plans to acquire GalacticSky, while giving it a $2.5 million loan to continue to operate.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Vector Space Systems, GalacticSky
Contractors: Vector Space Systems, GalacticSky
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
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Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GSky 1 - 202x status unclear