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HawkSat 1

Hawksat 1 [HISS]

HawkSat 1 is Hawk Institute for Space Sciences (HISS) first satellite and utilizes commercial off-the-shelf components.

The primary function of HawkSat 1 was to act as a proof of concept vehicle for future satellites to be developed by the Hawk Institute for Space Sciences. It also carried a customer payload developed by a major aerospace firm. This experiment contained an external payload board which exposes newly developed materials to the radiation and temperatures encountered in the space environment.

Because of a fast-track production schedule planned to meet the upcoming launch date, the HISS design leveraged the strengths of a CubeSat kit produced by Pumpkin, Inc., a firm specializing in satellite design kits.

The satellite was successfully deployed in orbit, but no signals were received.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Hawk Institute for Space Sciences (HISS)
Contractors: Hawk Institute for Space Science; Pumpkin, Inc. (bus)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 426 km × 466 km, 40.46
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
HawkSat 1 2009-028D 19.05.2009 WI LA-0B Minotaur-1 with TacSat 3, PharmaSat 1, CP 6, AeroCube 3

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