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Mandrake 1

Mandrake 1 [Astro Digital]

Mandrake 1, also known by the manufacturers designation Corvus-BC 5, is a technology demonstration mission conducted under DARPA's Blackjack program as a risk-reduction mission.

Mandrake 1 is a CubeSat that carries supercomputer processing chips. The satellite used the bus of the cancelled Landmapper-BC 5.

The launch was planned for early 2021 on the SpaceX multi satellite mission "Transporter 1". When the Mandrake 1 and Mandrake 2 satellites were to be mounted on the payload stack, the deployment mechanism was accidently activated, which led to damage to both payloads. Mandrake 1 was eventually launched on an Electron KS (R).

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: DARPA
Contractors: SEAKR (payload); Astro Digital (bus)
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Mandrake 1 (Corvus-BC 5) 2020-085C 20.11.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS (R) with Dragracer A, Dragracer B, BRO 2, BRO 3, SpaceBEE 22, ..., 39, SpaceBEENZ 1, ..., 6, APSS 1, Gnome Chompski


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