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XSS-10 computer model
Mission type Technology
Operator AFRL
COSPAR ID 2003-005B
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Boeing
Launch mass 28 kilograms (62 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date January 29, 2003, 18:06:00 (2003-01-29UTC18:06Z) UTC
Rocket Delta II 7925-9.5
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-17B
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Eccentricity 0.020384971
Perigee 518.0 kilometers (321.9 mi)
Apogee 805.0 kilometers (500.2 mi)
Inclination 39.75& degrees
Period 98.0 minutes

XSS-10 (eXperimental Small Satellite 10) was a small, low-cost micro-spacecraft developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate to test technology for line-of-sight guidance of spacecraft.[1] The project was initiated at AFRL by Program Manager David Barnhart [2] and completed by Georgia Tech Research Institute engineer Thom Davis and team.[3] The project was declared a success shortly after launch.[4]

Spent upper stage of the Delta II launch vehicle imaged by the XSS-10 satellite


  1. ^ Banke, Jim (2003-01-30). "Air Force XSS-10 Micro-Satellite Mission a Success". Space.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  2. ^ David A. Barnhart et al, “XSS-10 Micro-satellite Demonstration,” AIAA-1998-5298, AIAA Defense and Civil Space Programs Conference and Exhibit, Huntsville, AL, Oct. 28-30, 1998
  3. ^ "Big plans for small satellites". Historical archive. Georgia Tech Research Institute. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  4. ^ Sanders, Jane M (2003-08-11). "The Little Engine That Could". Research Horizons. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 

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