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Pyxis is a micro-satellites developed by Axelspace as demonstration of their AxelLiner service to host customer payloads on their satellites.

This first demonstration satellite will be used for the development and in-orbit experimental study of versatile satellite systems and automated operation systems, as well as establishment of a satellite manufacturing system by a Spacecraft Manufacturing Alliance. These are the three cornerstones of AxelLiner. For versatile satellite systems, they build software-oriented satellite bus systems that are highly variable and flexible enough to adapt to the changing times. The automated (unattended) operation system will be an evolution of the operation system developed by AxelGlobe to improve UX/UI. The satellite manufacturing system will be undertaken with the Spacecraft Manufacturing Alliance to validate the concept of digital manufacturing in remote factories and to construct a manufacturing environment to enable scalable satellite manufacturing.

Pyxis demonstrated following technologies on orbit:

  1. a versatile satellite bus system for AxelLiner
  2. sensors for the next-generation AxelGlobe satellites (GRUS)
  3. a satellite radio experiment system by SONY Group
Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Contractors: AXELSPACE
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Pyxis 2024-043 04.03.2024 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with MethaneSAT, Jackal X-1L-001, 002, Aries 1, Quark-Lite, Gluon, LizzieSat 1, MuSat 2, ICEYE X36, X37, X38, GHOSt 4, 5, —uSat 44, YAM 6, Rose, Fifi, Riri, Loulou, Lynk Tower 05, 06, Optimus OTV 2, Pyxis, Scout 1, ContecSat 1, HORACIO, Hubble 1, 2, EWS-RROCI 2, Pony Express 2A, 2B, BRO 12, 13, HAMMER, LaCE A, B, OrbAstro TR2, SONATE 2, Tiger 7, 8, AEROS MH-1, IRIS F1, Lemur-2 184, 185, M3, PY4 1, ..., 4, Veery 0E, ONDOSAT-OWL 1, 2


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