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R5 S1

R5 S1 [NASA]

R5 S1 is a CubeSat technology demonstration mission by NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, intended to assess the suitability of commercial off-the-shelf components for free-flying extravehicular inspection capabilities including cameras, computers, and algorithms.

R5 S1 is intended to demonstrate a fast and cost-effective way to build successful CubeSats in addition to demonstrating some technologies that are important to in-space inspection, which could help to make crewed space exploration safer and more efficient. R5 S1 could prove a cheaper way to demonstrate crucial technologies like high-performance computers, cameras, algorithms and a new way for satellites to transmit pictures to the ground.

The satellite was launched on February 2022 on an Astra Rocket-3.3 but failed to reach orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Satellite inspector
Operator: NASA
Contractors: NASA Johnson Space Center
Configuration: CubeSat (?U)
Power: Batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
R5 S1 2022-F01 10.02.2022 CC SLC-46 F Astra Rocket-3.3 with BAMA 1, INCA, QubeSat
R5 S4 - 2022 Va SLC-2W Firefly-Alpha with CatSat, Starling 1, ..., 4, KUbeSat 1, MESAT 1, REAL, SOC-i, OwlSat


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