|Name||OSC (Optics Space Craft, Virtual Telescope for X-Ray Observations, VTXO)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||not launched, expected in 2024|
|Organisation||New Mexico State University|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
|Partners||University of Maryland, Space Dynamics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
Part of VTXO project with 100 kg satellite and carries X-Ray optics.
Carries the Phase Fresnel Lenses (PFLs), and a cold gas propulsion system to provide an initial perigee raise and provide orbit maintenance maneuvers. The OSC deploys from a standard 6U canister and contains a radiation tolerant avionics system. The two spacecraft launch on a common rideshare to a highly elliptical super synchronous transfer orbit.
Once deployed, the they will perform a checkout procedure after which the two spacecraft will perform a series of maneuvers to bring the two spacecraft back together. At that point, VTXO is ready to begin performing the science phase of the mission.
|Keywords||GTO or GEO orbit, Formation flying, Propulsion, Intersatellite links|