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Prox 1 (Nanosat 7)

Prox 1 (right) [Georgia Tech]

The Prox 1 mssion is designed to demonstrate automated trajectory control in low-Earth orbit relative to a deployed cubesat.

The spacecraft has been designed, fabricated and tested by a team of Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students who will also be resposible for missions operations. The Prox-1 spacecraft is equipped with thermal and visible imagers provided by Arizona State University. Prox-1 will deploy a smaller spacecraft called LightSail B, a 3U CubeSat solar sail demonstration mission developed by The Planetary Society in partnership with Stellar Exploration, Inc. and Cal Poly.

Prox-1 will fly in close proximity to the LightSail spacecraft, demonstrating automated trajectory control based upon relative orbit determination using passive imaging. Prox-1 will also acquire images of the LightSail solar sail deployment event, and will provide first-time flight validation of advanced sun sensor technology, a small satellite propulsion system, and a lightweight thermal imager.

Prox-1 was selected as the winner of the seventh University Nanosat mission for launch in 2015. It will be launched on the STP-2 mission on a Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) rocket.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Georgia Tech
Contractors: Georgia Tech
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 71 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Prox 1 (Nanosat 7) - 2019 CCK LC-39A Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) with DSX , FORMOSAT 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E, 7F, GPIM, OTB 1, NPSat 1, Oculus-ASR, LightSail B, ARMADILLO, FalconSat 7, E-TBEx A, E-TBEx B, PSat 2, BRICSat 2, TEPCE 1, TEPCE 2, CP 9 (LEO), StangSat, Ballast