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Trailblazer [SpaceDev]

The Trailblazer satellite demonstrated a flexible, modular commercial bus design using off the shelf components. Trailblazer used a satellite bus originally developed for the DSE project under a Missile Defense Agency contract.

ORS notified SpaceDev in 2008 that they intended to fund SpaceDev to prepare a modified DSE satellite (called Trailblazer) for the Falcon launch as a backup to the AFRL PnPSat 1 satellite.

Trailblazer was one of the three candidate payloads for the quick reaction "Jumpstart" launch in 2008 (retroactively named TacRL 1) on a SpaceX Falcon-1 launch vehicle. Trailblazer was selected only a few weeks before launch.

The satellite failed to reach orbit due to a launch vehicle first stage malfunction.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: SpaceDev, ORS
Contractors: SpaceDev
Configuration: MMB-100 Bus
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 83.5 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Trailblazer 2008-F01 03.08.2008 Om F Falcon-1 with PreSat, Nanosail D, Celestis 07


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