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American technology satellite bus. Ball Aerospace's RS-300 was a small, low-cost spacecraft aimed at cost-capped principle investigator led missions for Earth or space science.

AKA: AIM;NextSat;WISE;BCP-300. Status: Operational 2007. First Launch: 2007-03-09. Last Launch: 2009-12-14. Number: 3 . Gross mass: 150 kg (330 lb).

The low-risk spacecraft bus offered high performance in Earth or stellar pointing knowledge and control; data storage and transmission rates; available power; and payload mass fraction and volume. It was intended to fit on a Pegasus launch vehicle. The RS-300 design included Advanced Spacecraft Electronics (ASPEN) flight avionics developed for the Deep Impact comet impactor for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The spacecraft also featured National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) standard radio, and command and control data formats and interfaces to simplify operations and ground segment interfaces. The RS-300 provided 3-axis fine control and large, clear instrument fields of view. Its industry standard, single-board computer and non-volatile memory were complemented by custom electronics for communications interfaces, thermal control, sensor and actuator interfaces, and power control - all on a standard high speed backplane.

RS-300 avionics and software formed the core of the Orbital Express Advanced Technology Demonstration program, and the Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

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NEXTSat/CSC Remote Servicing Technology satellite built by Ball Aerospace for DARPA, USA. Launched 2007. Used the RS-300 bus.


IXPE (SMEX 14) Null

Family: Astronomy, Technology, Technology satellite. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Thor, Pegasus, Pegasus XL, Delta 7320-10, Atlas V, Atlas V 401, Delta 7320-10C. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg, Vandenberg SLC2W, Cape Canaveral LC41, Point Arguello WADZ. Agency: Ball. Bibliography: 2, 6835, 13033, 13034.
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2007 March 9 - . 03:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
2007 April 25 - . 20:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Point Arguello. Launch Complex: Point Arguello WADZ. Launch Pad: Aircraft from Vandenberg.. Launch Platform: L-1011. LV Family: Pegasus. Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL.
2009 December 14 - . 14:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7320-10C.

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