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Electron - LC-1 - NASA ACS3 Rideshare - 2024
« on: 10/06/2021 08:22 pm »
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211006005938/en/Rocket-Lab-Selected-to-Launch-NASA’s-Advanced-Composite-Solar-Sail-System

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Rocket Lab Selected to Launch NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System
The Electron rocket will deploy an innovative satellite designed to test new deployable structures and materials technologies for solar sail propulsion systems, paving the way for sunlight to power future deep space exploration
 
October 06, 2021 04:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a global leader in launch services and space systems, today announced it has been selected to launch NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System, or ACS3, on the Electron launch vehicle.

“It seems fitting to launch NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System on Electron, the world’s first full carbon composite orbital launch vehicle. We’re excited to see composites used yet again to unlock new capabilities in space.”

NASA’s ACS3 technology demonstration uses composite materials - or a combination of materials with different properties, in its novel, lightweight booms that deploy from a CubeSat to support a solar sail. Just as a sailboat is powered by wind in a sail, solar sails employ the pressure of sunlight for propulsion, eliminating the need for conventional rocket propellant. Data obtained from the ACS3 demonstration will guide the design of future larger-scale composite solar sail systems that could be used for space weather early warning satellites, near-Earth asteroid reconnaissance missions, or communications relays for crewed exploration missions.

ACS3 will launch as part of a rideshare mission, scheduled for lift-off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in mid-2022. The ability of the Electron launch vehicle’s Kick Stage to deploy individual satellites to unique orbits, even when flying as part of a rideshare, was a key factor in Rocket Lab being selected as the launch provider. ACS3 requires a higher altitude than the other rideshare payloads launching on the same mission, so after deploying the first payloads, the Kick Stage will perform another burn with its 3D printed Curie engine to raise the orbit and deploy ACS3. Rocket Lab’s Kick Stage has demonstrated orbit raises across 18 missions to date, and also successfully conducted inclination changes and orbit lowering, providing customers with proven, flexible, and precise in-space transportation.

“We are thrilled to be NASA’s launch partner for this innovative mission,” said Rocket Lab founder and Chief Executive, Peter Beck. “It seems fitting to launch NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System on Electron, the world’s first full carbon composite orbital launch vehicle. We’re excited to see composites used yet again to unlock new capabilities in space.”

ACS3 Mission Partners:

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia is designing ACS3’s deployable composite booms and solar sail system.

NanoAvionics of Columbia, Illinois is designing and building the 12U CubeSat for the ACS3 technology demonstration.

NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley is managing the ACS3 project and will oversee final integration of the solar sail payload and CubeSat.

The Santa Clara University’s Robotics Systems Lab in Santa Clara, California will provide CubeSat operations support for the ACS3 technology demonstration.

NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is sponsoring the ACS3 project and is providing the funding for the launch .

NASA’s Game Changing Development program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is developing ACS3’s deployable composite boom technology.

For more information about the ACS3 technology demonstration visit: www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/small_spacecraft/ACS3
« Last Edit: 12/07/2023 08:57 pm by gongora »

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Re: Electron - LC-1 - NASA ACS3 Rideshare - mid 2022
« Reply #1 on: 10/07/2021 01:28 am »
More details about this payload can be found at this NASA press release, which despite the byline at the top saying Jun 23, 2021, does mention launching on an Electron -- presumably, this is part of why there's a note at the bottom saying Last Updated: Oct 6, 2021. That article has some nice pictures of the system, including an animation of the deployment process.

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Re: Electron - LC-1 - NASA ACS3 Rideshare - mid 2022
« Reply #2 on: 10/07/2021 09:27 am »
More details about this payload can be found at this NASA press release, which despite the byline at the top saying Jun 23, 2021, does mention launching on an Electron -- presumably, this is part of why there's a note at the bottom saying Last Updated: Oct 6, 2021. That article has some nice pictures of the system, including an animation of the deployment process.
The demo is 9x9m or 81m3. Future ones will be 500m3 upto 2000m3.

With inorbit assembly there is no size limit. These would be one the less complex things to assembly in orbit.

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« Last Edit: 10/07/2021 09:29 am by TrevorMonty »

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Re: Electron - LC-1 - NASA ACS3 Rideshare - mid 2022
« Reply #3 on: 10/07/2021 08:34 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1446193506154778649

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FYI, this NASA award that caused Rocket Lab’s stock price to spike yesterday (and perhaps responsible for the significant increase today) is worth… $1.092 million, NASA tells me.

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Re: Electron - LC-1 - NASA ACS3 Rideshare - mid 2022
« Reply #4 on: 08/10/2022 08:55 am »
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/small_spacecraft/ACS3

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ACS3 is scheduled to launch in early 2023 as part of a rideshare mission on Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand.

NET early 2023
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Re: Electron - LC-1 - NASA ACS3 Rideshare - 2024
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