KySat-1

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KySat-1
Mission type Student outreach
Technology
Operator Kentucky Space
Mission duration 18-24 months (planned)
Failed to orbit
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type 1U CubeSat
Launch mass 1 kilogram (2.2 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 4 March 2011, 10:09:43 (2011-03-04UTC10:09:43Z) UTC
Rocket Taurus-XL 3110 T9
Launch site Vandenberg LC-576E
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Epoch Planned

KySat-1 was an American satellite which was to have been operated by Kentucky Space. Designed to operate for eighteen to twenty four months, it was lost in a launch failure in March 2011 after the Taurus rocket carrying it failed to achieve orbit.[1][2]

KySat-1 was a single-unit CubeSat picosatellite which was built as part of a programme to involve and interest schoolchildren in spaceflight. Children would have been given access to the satellite; uploading and downloading data and using a camera aboard the spacecraft to produce images of the Earth. The satellite also carried a secondary technology demonstration payload; investigating the use of s band communication at high bandwidths.[3]

KySat-1 was launched by Orbital Sciences Corporation using a Taurus-XL 3110 carrier rocket flying from Launch Complex 576E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was a secondary payload on the launch, with the primary payload being the NASA Glory spacecraft. Hermes and Explorer-1 [Prime] were launched aboard the same rocket. The launch took place at 10:09:43 UTC on 4 March 2011,[4] and ended in failure after the payload fairing failed to separate from around the spacecraft just under three minutes after launch. With the fairing still attached the rocket had too much mass to achieve orbit, and reentered over the southern Pacific Ocean or the Antarctic.[5][6] It was the second consecutive failure of a Taurus rocket, following the loss of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory in 2009.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gunter, Krebs. "KySat 1". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Taurus rocket nose shroud dooms another NASA satellite". Spaceflight Now, March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kentucky Space receives launch assignment from NASA". Kentucky Space. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Harwood, William (4 March 2011). "NASA science satellite lost in Taurus launch failure". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan (16 March 2011). "Issue 639". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 23 April 2011.