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S5 [Blue Canyon Tech]

S5 is ESPA-Class MicroSat for the Air Force Research Laboratory by Blue Canyon Technologies capable of detecting and locating near-GEO (geo-synchronous orbit) space objects for routine and frequent updates to the GEO catalog

S5 is a state-of-the-art 60 kg microsat bus for the Space Situational Awareness (S5) mission, led by the Air Force. Applied Defense Systems (ADS) will provide the payload. BCT will spearhead integration of the S5 payload with the microsat bus, conduct launch vehicle integration and perform bus-level functionality testing of the spacecraft prior to delivery.

S5 was launched on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket as a co-passenger on the SSL built PSN 6 (Nusantara 1) comsat, which deployed S5 in geostationary orbit.

The satellite was unresponsive in orbit. In October 2019, the Mycroft microsatellite was be used to inspect it.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Contractors: Applied Defense Systems (ADS) (payload); Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) (bus)
Configuration: X-SAT Microsat/ESPAsat
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Mass: 60 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
S5 2019-009D 22.02.2019 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with PSN 6, Beresheet

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