Small orders: Satellite Vu orders second sat from SSTL, Northrop Grumman gets ROOSTER order, Draper gets NASA lunar farside experiment contract

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Military space, NASA, Satellites, Science, Seradata News

A series of small spacecraft and experiment orders were announced in July.

Satellite Vu has ordered the second in its small seven thermal imaging satellite constellation from the Guildford, England-based small satellite manufacturer SSTL using its DarkCarb bus design. With a mass of circa 130 kg the satellites have a reported ground resolution of 3.5 metres.

Northrop Grumman has received a US$22 million contract from the US Space Force to build the first of its ROOSTER (Rapid On-orbit Space technology and Evaluation Ring) programme spacecraft which are based on the ESPAStar ring spacecraft delivery design. The mission, to be launched as a secondary payload in 2026, will be to demonstrate technologies for in-orbit refuelling in geostationary orbit.  This contract is a new one.  The US Air Force (now Space Force) previously ordered three LDPE spacecraft which also uses the ESPAStar bus design.

SERIES-2 lunar Far Side lander. Courtesy: Draper

A lunar lander dubbed SERIES-2 being built by Draper will carry three science satellites to the Schrodinger Basin near the lunar South Pole on the Far Side of the Moon in 2025, under a US$73 million NASA awarded Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract.  The science being investigated includes seismic measurement, regolith thermal and electrical conductivity, and the measurement of solar wind and its effect.

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