Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) plans to fly a dedicated satellite for hosted payloads in 2015. This OTB (Orbital Test Bed) satellite will provide the opportunity for Surrey’s Hosted Payload customers to benefit from reliable, low-risk access to orbit, to rapidly and cost-effectively space-qualify new technology, gain flight heritage, acquire mission experience, generate in-orbit data and provide mission continuity capability, without the need to procure a costly dedicated launch.
OTB 1 is based on the SSTL-150 bus and The mission is planned to last five years.
One of the hosted payloads is NASA's DSAC (Deep Space Atomic Clock), a technology demonstration mission with the goal to validate a miniaturized, ultra-precise mercury-ion atomic clock that is 100 times more stable than today’s best navigation clocks.
Also on board is a small capsule with cremated human remains for Celestis, called "Heriatge Flight".
A second mission called OTB 2 is planned for a later date.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||~ 150 kg|
|OTB 1||-||2018||CCK LC-39A||Falcon-Heavy||with DSX , FORMOSAT 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E, 7F, GPIM, NPSat 1, Oculus-ASR, Prox 1, LightSail B, ARMADILLO, FalconSat 7, TBEx A, TBEx B, Prometheus 2.5, Prometheus 2.6, Prometheus 2.7, Prometheus 2.8, Prometheus 2.9, Prometheus 2.10, PSat 2, BRICSat 2, TEPCE 1, TEPCE 2, CP 9 (LEO), StangSat, DOTS-X, CNGB, Ballast|
|OTB 2||-||201x||with ?|