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Pony Express 2A, 2B

Pony Express 2 [Tyvak]

Pony Express 2 is technology demonstration mission funded and built by Tyvak, consisting of two identical 12U CubeSats designed to demonstrate and improve the technology readiness level of various payloads and vehicle components. The carry RF payloads developed by Lockheed Martin for receiving, crosslink, and ranging communication to facilitate demonstration capabilities.

Pony Express 2 will further advance cloud networking concepts among satellites, as well as validating Lockheed Martin's SmartSat™ software-defined satellite architecture which enables streamlined hosting of flexible mission apps. This mission consists of two 12U cubesats with faster, more capable ultra-scale processors that unlock in-orbit data analytics and artificial intelligence. Equipped with miniaturized cross-link and precision timing, Pony Express 2 is a trailblazer for autonomous teaming in space and true cloud networking.

The satellites will operate in identical orbits with an approximate three to five kilometer separation distance.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc., Locheed Martin
Contractors: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. (bus), Locheed Martin
Configuration: CubeSat (12U)
Propulsion: 1 ThrustMe NPT30-I2 Iodine ion thruster
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 26 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Pony Express 2A (Tyvak 0261) - 2023 with ?
Pony Express 2B (Tyvak 0262) - 2023 with ?
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