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Trailblazer
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TrailBlazer-2001-Dum
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American technology satellite built by SpaceDev for SpaceDev, ORS, USA. Launched 2008. Used MMB-100 Bus.

Status: Operational 2008. First Launch: 2008-08-03. Last Launch: 2008-08-03. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 84 kg (185 lb).

NASA NSSDC Master Catalog Description

Trailblazer is a mockup of an American, commercial lunar orbiter that was launched from Baikonur by a Dnepr rocket at 17:00 UT on December 2002, for testing the viability of the craft for orbiting the Moon. (Dnepr is a converted SS-18 ICBM.) If successful, these Lunar orbiters (and landers) will be launched in late 2003 through 2005. The company that sponsored the satellite "believes that there is a commercial demand for sending personal items, and burial ashes to the Moon".


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DSE 1, 2, 3 Technology satellite built by SpaceDev for MDA. Used MMB-100 Bus.

TrailBlazer 2001 Lunar lander for TransOrbital, Inc., USA. Used TrailBlazer Bus.

Family: Technology, Technology satellite. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Falcon 1. Launch Sites: Kwajalein, Kwajalein OM. Bibliography: 6993, 13289.
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2008 August 3 - . 03:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein OM. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Falcon 1. FAILURE: The new Merlin 1C first stage engine completed its burn, but the thrust took longer to decay than expected. It was still thrusting when stage 2 tried to separate, and the two stages collided, setting the second stage tumbling..

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