AMS (Agile MicroSatellite)

AMS (Agile MicroSatellite)
Name AMS (Agile MicroSatellite)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational? (News after launch about flight operations starting in mid-June but orbit not yet significantly lowered though lower altitude than most from the same launch as of 2022-12-21)
Launched 2022-05-25
NORAD ID 52745
Deployer ?
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-5)
Organisation MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Blue Canyon
Operator Blue Canyon
Partners Enpulsion

Demonstrate that a CubeSat can reliably operate in very low earth orbit.


Demonstrate that a CubeSat can reliably operate in very low earth orbit. AMS will initially launch to an altitude of 500 kilometers and will use electric propulsion to maneuver to the lowest altitude possible. By demonstrating CubeSat performance at such low altitudes, the U.S. Air Force, and others will be able to leverage the technology to conduct important new Earth observation and other civil and military space missions.

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COTS subsystems
  • THRUSTER - Enpulsion IFM Nano Thruster SE
  • PLATFORM - Blue Canyon
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords VLEO (Very Low Earth Orbit), Propulsion

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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