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's Tipping Point program.
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. After launch in late 2023, the nine-month LOXSAT 1 mission will fully demonstrate the capability of in-space cryogenic storage and transfer. Anticipating successful mission results, Eta Space will use private funding to develop a truly commercial depot intended to serve multiple customers.
The contract includes funding for the initial design of LOXSAT 2, a full-scale operational depot intended for launch in 2025. LOXSAT 2 will provide liquid oxygen and RP-1 to refuel the upper stages of multiple small launch vehicles.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Contractors:||Rocket Lab (bus); Eta Space (payload)|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|LOXSAT 1||-||2024||OnS LC-1 ?||Electron Photon-LEO|