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LOXSAT 1

LOXSAT 1 [Eta Space]

LOXSAT 1 is a small-scale flight demonstration of a complete cryogenic oxygen fluid management system developed by Eta Space and sponsored by NASA.

It is Rocket lab's demonstration mission for their Photon-LEO bus, a satellite bus based on their Kick Stage Upper stage of the Electron rocket.

As proposed, the system will be the primary payload on a Rocket Lab Photon-LEO satellite and collect critical cryogenic fluid management data in orbit for nine months. The small business will collaborate with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission was selected in October 2020 by NASA's Tipping Point program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Eta Space
Contractors: Rocket Lab (bus); Eta Space (payload)
Equipment:
Configuration: Photon-LEO
Propulsion: None
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 9 months
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
LOXSAT 1 - 202x OnS LC-1 ? Electron Photon-LEO

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