RRF1-Arthur Satellite

Spacecraft ARTHUR, (RRF1-Arthur, Risk Reduction Flight ARTHUR-1)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status Operational (Successfully contacted)
Launched 2021-06-30
NORAD ID 48953
Deployer ?
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-2) (Spaceflight Sherpa) (Sherpa-LTE1)
Deployment Deployed from Sherpa on 2021-06-30
Organization Aerospacelab
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Country Belgium
Manufacturer AIVT by Aerospacelab
Operator Aerospacelab
GS Service KSAT

Demonstrate spacecraft bus technologies and 5 meter Earth imagery for a future constellation.


The primary objective of the Risk Reduction Flight (RRF) mission is to allow for satellite imagery resorting to the Optical Front-End (OFE), designed to provide a 5-meter resolution for the specified orbit of the spacecraft. 

Mission will focus on testing:

  • The different sub-systems of the satellite, such as electronics in general and the control board in particular
  • The communication systems
  • The performance of maneuvers using the propulsion system embarked
  • The Attitude and Orbit Control software
  • The data flow from transferring pictures captured by a mid-resolution telescope to earth
Sources [1] [2] [3]
Photo sources [1] [2] [3]
COTS subsystems
  • THRUSTER - Exotrail
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords Propulsion
On the same launch

Last modified: 2024-05-29

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