Lewis was one of two missions selected under NASA's SSTI (Small Spacecraft Technology Initiative) program to demonstrate advanced spacecraft technologies (11 July 1994). Lewis' payload consisted of:
After reaching orbit, the satellite spun out of control and was losing power just days after launch because an attitude-control thruster remained in the on position longer than planned, so that Lewis could not manouver to its operational orbit and decayed soon after.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Equipment:||HSI, LEISA, UCB|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||3 years (required 1 year)|
|Orbit:||523 km × 523 km, 97.5°, (planned); 124 km × 134 km, 97.5°|
|Lewis (SSTI 1)||1997-044A||23.08.1997||Va SLC-6||Athena-1|