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.
|Type / Application:||Satellite inspector|
|Contractors:||NASA Johnson Space Center|
|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|