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Shepherd Demonstration

Shepherd Demonstration is an experimental geostationary satellite built for the US Space Force to conduct technological experiments.

The Shepherd Demonstration satellite hosts payloads that mature technologies and accelerate risk reduction efforts to inform programs of record. No details are known. Reportedly the Shepherd Demonstration satellite carries multiple Space Force payloads, and is based on an ESPA ring, a circular structure with attachment ports for experiments and instruments.

It was launched on the USSF-44 (formerly AFSPC-44) mission on an Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(px).

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Configuration: Propulsive ESPA
Propulsion: ?
Power: Deployable solar array, batteries
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Shepherd Demonstration (USA 339, USSF 44 PL1, AFSPC 44 PL1) 2022-144B 01.11.2022 CCK LC-39A Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(px) with LDPE 2, Tetra 1, Alpine, LINUSS 1, 2, USA 344
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