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Otter Pup

Otter Pup [Starfish Space]

Otter Pup is Starfish Space's demonstration mission, which will demonstrate key technologies for their planned Otter satellite servicing vehicle.

Astro Digital is manufacturing the chassis for Otter Pup, which is about the size of a microwave, and Redwire is providing the Argus camera hardware it will use for relative navigation.

Exotrail is providing the electric propulsion thruster for Otter Pup.

The demonstration will test the three core technologies that Starfish will need before it can build its full servicer, Otter:
  • Nautilus, the electrostatic docking mechanism
  • Cephalopod, the guidance control software
  • Cetacean, the relative navigation software
Combined, these three technologies will enable the company to continue building Otter, the full-size servicer. Starfish is targeting late 2024 or 2025 for the first Otter mission.

After separating from the OTV, Otter Pup is due to lock back on with an electrostatic-based capture mechanism Starfish calls Nautilus, before detaching and retreating to a safe distance to conduct other tests.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Starfish Space
Contractors: Astro Digital (prime), Starfish Space (payload)
Configuration: Corvus-Micro ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Otter Pup 2023-084B 12.06.2023 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with W-Series 1, Skykraft Deployer 3, Skykraft 3A, ..., 3D, ICEYE X23, X25, X26, X30, GHOSt 3, Grégoire, Runner 1, Tomorrow R2, QPS-SAR 6, ÑuSat 40, ..., 43, Aces 1, ..., 4, HOTSAT 1, AFR, DROID.001, MuSat 1, ION-SCV 011, Outpost Mission 1, EPICHyper 2, Kelpie 2, Spei Satelles, ELO 4, MRC-100, Unicorn 2I, SATLLA 2I, URESAT 1, Istanbul, ROM 2, Orbiter SN3, Otter Pup, MDQSAT 1C, 1D, Pleiades-Squared, GEI-SAT Precursor, XVI, AII-Delta, Ayris 1, 2, EIVE, FOREST 2, Lemur-2 167, 168, MISR-A 1, MISR-B 2, Tiger 4, FOSSASat FEROX 1, ..., 4, SpaceBEE 168, ..., 179


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