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Gunsmoke-J (Jacob's Ladder)

Gunsmoke-J [LANL]

Gunsmoke-J, formerly named Jacob's Ladder, is an experimental 3U CubeSat designed by the US Army SMDC (Space Missile Defense Command) to demonstrate advanced information collection in direct support of the Army combat operations.

The satellite consists of a LANL built Prometheus Block-2 1.5U CubeSat featuring the attached 1.5U Gunsmoke-J experiment module. Power and communications are handled via the Prometheus bus. Gunsmoke-J uses emerging advanced electronics to allow the use of dedicated intelligence assets to provide tactically actionable targeting data to warfighters on a responsive and persistent timeline.

Launch is planned for 2021 on a shared Electron KS launch.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: SMDC
Contractors: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) (satellite)
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3-5 years
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Gunsmoke-J (ex Jacob's Ladder) - 2021 OnS LC-1 Electron KS with ?

References:

Further Gunsmoke missions: