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Red-Eye 1, 2, 3 (Pinot, Merlot, Cabernet)

Red-Eye 2 [NASA]

RED-EYE is a DARPA program to develop and demonstrate technologies which increase the utility of low-cost microsatellites.

RED-EYE is a proprietary investigation that develops and demonstrates technologies that increase the utility of low-cost microsatellites. RED-EYE demonstrates lightweight, low-power, gimballed inter-satellite communications links appropriate for the approximately 100 kg class satellites. RED-EYE also demonstrates new attitude control components, onboard processors, software-defined radios and telescope technology.

Because the satellites were launched from the ISS, they could not be equipped with propulsion. The Millennium Space System team developed a form of aerodynamic drag modulation to control the constellation’s orbital spacing.

Red-Eye 1 (Pinot) was launched as an internal payload on the Dragon CRS-17 mission to the ISS, where it was deployed via the JEM airlock using the NanoRacks Kaber deployer on 27 June 2019.

Red-Eye 2 (Merlot) was launched onboard of Cygnus CRS-13 to the ISS. It was deployed on 17 June 2020.

Red-Eye 3 (Cabernet) was released from the ISS later in June 2020.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: DARPA
Contractors: Millennium Space Systems
Equipment: ?
Configuration: Altair-E1 bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 70 kg
Orbit: 407 km × 418 km, 51.6° (#1); 417 km × 419 km, 51.65°(#2); 416 km × 419 km, 51.65° (#3)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Red-Eye 1 (Pinot) 1998-067QJ 04.05.2019 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-17, OCO 3, STP-H6
Red-Eye 2 (Merlot) 1998-067RM 15.02.2020 WI LC-0A Antares-230+ with Cygnus CRS-13, Red-Eye 3, DeMI, TechEdSat 10
Red-Eye 3 (Cabernet) 1998-067RN 15.02.2020 WI LC-0A Antares-230+ with Cygnus CRS-13, Red-Eye 2, DeMI, TechEdSat 10

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