TDO (Technology Demonstration Orbiter)

TDO
TDO
Spacecraft TDO (Technology Demonstration Orbiter)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status Reentry 2022-12-30. Passive? (No other public news found as of 2019-12-17)
Launched 2019-08-08
NORAD ID 44482
Deployer Unknown
Launcher Atlas V
Entity name Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Institution Military
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Country US
Manufacturer AIVT by Georgia Institute of Technology
Launch brokerer Parsons
Oneliner

First CubeSat in GTO. Test orbital debris tracking technologies.

Description

First CubeSat in GTO. Test orbital debris tracking technologies. Test new capabilities of small satellites used by U.S. government agencies. Carrying multiple U.S. Government payloads that will provide optical calibration capabilities, which will support space domain awareness. The mission is to support space domain awareness through optical calibration and satellite laser ranging.

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Keywords GTO or GEO orbit, SSA-Space Situational Awareness, Beyond LEO orbit

Last modified: 2023-12-18

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