|Name||Guardian - Alpha (Pushan-Alpha)|
|Units or mass||3U|
|Status||Operational? (Personal contact 2023-04-14 but object not yet identified in Space-Track)|
|Launcher||Falcon 9 (Transporter-6)|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by Orbital Astronautics|
Demonstrate a variety of technologies including an UltraScale+ high-performance computer.
Demonstrate a variety of technologies including an UltraScale+ high-performance computer coupled with a constellation management system based on an artificial neural network, a novel electrical power system, a compact attitude determination and control system, and a new thermal management system.
After the in-orbit demonstration, OrbAstro plans to launch its own cluster of formation flying nanosatellites to test remaining technologies the firm is developing, before focusing on the needs of larger constellations. Included:
They will also de-risk our Guardian satellites. Total satellite mass is 1.66kg (not including 3rd-party hosted payloads & COTS redundant systems).
When the build-trigger was pulled, nuts/bolts to flight-qualified satellite shipped out the door: 5 days. There were some teething issues. Our aim for the Dec mission is 3 days. We are building batch-production capabilities with a lot of automation involved. More on that in a later post.
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