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.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Trailblazer||2008-F01||03.08.2008||Om||F||Falcon-1||with PreSat, Nanosail D, Celestis 07|