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Mandrake 2A, 2B

Mandrake 2 is a technology demonstration mission conducted under DARPA's Blackjack program consisting of two satellites.

The twin Mandrake 2 CubeSat satellites will carry optical inter-satellite links for broadband data. According to DARPA these could form the basis of future optically meshed networks in LEO.

The launch was planned for early 2021 on the SpaceX multi satellite mission "Transporter 1". When the Mandrake 1 and Mandrake 2 satellits were to be mounted on the payload stack, the deployment mechanism was accidently activated, which led to damage to both payloads. Likely the satellites will fly on a later launch.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: DARPA
Contractors: DARPA
Equipment: optical inter-satellite link payload
Configuration: CubeSat (?U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Mandrake 2A - 2021 with ?, Mandrake 1, Mandrake 2B
Mandrake 2B - 2021 with ?, Mandrake 1, Mandrake 2A

References:

Further Blackjack missions: