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One of the Spire Lemur sats was Mango One for Jacobs:

https://www.jacobs.com/newsroom/news/jacobs-mango-one-satellite-launches-lays-pathway-next-generation-affordable-space

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[SpaceRef Press Release] Jacobs Mango One Satellite on Orbit, Laying Pathway for Next Generation, Affordable Space Solutions
Press Release From: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Jacobs (NYSE:J) began a new era of advanced, affordable space radar payloads with its Mango One satellite achieving a successful on-orbit performance. On Jan. 24, 2021, Jacobs' Mango One satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter One rideshare mission to a sun synchronous orbit.

Mango One has successfully completed payload checkout and begun performing radio frequency (RF) survey missions using the modular and scalable Jacobs next generation active electronically scanned arrays (AESA) and advanced RF payload control electronics. Additional demonstrations of radar and communications capabilities will continue.

Successful on-orbit performance is another major step in Jacobs' strategic vision as an aerospace and defense prime space payload hardware and software provider of affordable, commercial space based AESAs. Leveraging capabilities from the acquisition of KeyW, Jacobs brings over 25 years of airborne and terrestrial RF synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and moving target indication (MTI) payload hardware and processing.

"The Mango One on-orbit operations and demonstration of highly capable and affordable space solutions is another example of Jacobs delivering innovative technologies that enable our customer's mission," said Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions Senior Vice President Steve Arnette. "These solutions are a key component of the successful integration of Jacobs and KeyW, bringing even more unique and differentiated mission-focused capabilities in the rapidly evolving space sector."

By leveraging the multi-billion-dollar commercial investment in 5G technology and tailoring it to meet the critical mission needs of both government and commercial customers, Jacobs is reducing the cost of space radar by 50% compared to that of legacy space radar systems. To meet market demand, the use of state-of-the-art advanced commercial manufacturing processes allows Jacobs to rapidly scale capacity and insert leading-edge technology.

At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of approximately 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

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Looks like Sherpa FX has been found:

47435
2021-006Y
Rideshare Adapter
536 x 516 km
97.5°
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Looks like Sherpa FX has been found:

That was the unidentified piece with a "large" radar cross section, so maybe it's the SpaceX payload stack?

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https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1382116969382498304
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SHERPA-FX1, from the Jan 24 Transporter-1 launch (2021-006) was cataloged today as 47486 and is reported by @Skyrocket71 to have 3 payloads attached: CELESTIS 17, ELROI, and EYESTAR-TAG: https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/sherpa-fx.htm.

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https://twitter.com/argo_aads/status/1385239599413436416
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After its launch in January, May will mark the beginning of ARGO 1.0's #InOrbitDemonstration. As a preview of the innovative features that will be validated in orbit, we are proud to publish our video! #Theskyisthelimit
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D-Orbit has deployed the Swarm satellites (which they still won't name, which I still find odd considering anyone with the payload information for the flight can easily figure out that's what they are.)



D-Orbit Successfully Completes Deployment Phase of Ongoing PULSE Mission, Deploys 20 Satellites In-Orbit, and Executes Orbital Maneuvers


ION Satellite Carrier successfully deployed 20 satellites and performed orbit-changing maneuvers, marking an important shift from precise deployment to orbital transportation. The mission will proceed with the in-orbit demonstration of two hosted payloads.

Fino Mornasco, Italy, May 18th, 2021: D-Orbit, a space logistics and transportation company, today announced that it has successfully completed the deployment phase of its ongoing PULSE mission. As part of this phase, D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier (ION), the company’s proprietary space transportation vehicle, successfully deployed all 20 satellites hosted inside, including eight SuperDoves from returning customer Planet, the US-based Earth imaging company. In addition to the deployment of customer satellites, ION also executed several orbital maneuvers.

The PULSE mission began on January 14 with the launch of ION aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The deployment phase was completed on May 11, when the remaining satellites onboard were released. Over the weeks leading to the conclusion of the deployment phase, D-Orbit’s operations team fired six Dawn Aerospace's B20 thrusters, validated attitude and orbit control strategies and algorithms, analyzed postfiring changes of orbital parameters, and performed flight dynamics processes.

The resulting orbit-changing maneuvers succeeded in changing the altitude by up to 10km, while also demonstrating ION’s ability to change the local time of the ascending node (LTAN).

“When we realized that we achieved this new milestone and successfully execute a series of orbit-changing maneuvers, we felt an incredible surge of pride,” said Renato Panesi, CCO of D-Orbit. “Pride for our technical team, for our operations team, and every single individual in our company who has contributed to this mission.” These tests, which barely scratched the surface of what ION can do, qualified the platform as a full-fledged space transportation vehicle with the ability to deploy satellites in multiple orbits different from the one which ION itself was originally released by the launcher. This milestone marks an important shift from precise deployment – already a proven company capability – to orbital transportation. While the mission continues, the operations team will perform additional tests on ION to push the performance envelope further.

“This is yet another validation of our approach to spacecraft deployment,” said Luca Rossettini, CEO of D-Orbit. “While we celebrate this milestone and the people who made it possible, we keep looking to the future for ways to build on our technology. We  want to contribute to the creation of a solid space logistics infrastructure that will truly enable the sustainable exploration of space and its resources. This is just the beginning.”

PULSE is the second flight of ION Satellite Carrier, an orbital transportation vehicle designed, manufactured, and operated by D-Orbit to ferry a batch of satellites in space and deploy each one individually into its own distinct orbit. The vehicle used in this mission, called ION SCV Laurentius, is an upgraded version of the one used in the ORIGIN mission launched in September 2020, with enhanced maneuvering capabilities and larger cargo capacity. In the case of satellite constellations, the ability to precisely deploy each spacecraft, combined with a careful mission analysis and design, can lead to deployment strategies that accelerate the time from launch to operations by up 85% while reducing the launch costs of the entire constellation by up to 40%.

ION SCV Laurentius also features an innovative plug-and-play system for hosted payloads, streamlining the integration of instruments and experiments developed independently by third parties. The mission has entered the in-orbit demonstration (IOD) phase, consisting of a series of experiments on ARGO 1.0, a fully autonomous star tracker developed by EICAS Automazione, and DRAGO, a shortwave infrared space camera for Earth observation developed by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC).

While the PULSE mission proceeds, D-Orbit is debriefing the deployment phase of the mission in preparation for its next mission, called WILD RIDE, which is scheduled for June 2021.

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The 10 Starlinks (blue) launched on the Transporter 1 mission appear to be on their way down to immolative retirement after less than a year in orbit.

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1458214987873374213
« Last Edit: 11/10/2021 04:09 pm by ChrisC »
PSA #1: EST does NOT mean "Eastern Time".  Use "Eastern" or "ET" instead, all year round, and avoid this common error.  Google "EST vs EDT".
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Cross-posting for reference, exactly a year after their launch. The booster (1058) has far outlived these payloads:

With the reentry of Starlink 2201 and 2202 today, all 10 Starlinks launched a year ago today on Transporter-1 have been removed from orbit. I infer they were used to test systems for the newer satellites and are no longer needed.

https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1485750271519113224

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