MISSION UPDATES

UPDATE #2 - JANUARY 14th, 2022 - BEGINNING OF LEOP AND COMMISSIONING PHASE 

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UPDATE #1 - JANUARY 13th, 2022 - LAUNCH

On January 13th, 2022, at 15.25 pm UTC, ION Satellite Carrier was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), Florida. On the same day, 1h24m30s  after liftoff, the vehicle was successfully deployed into a 500 km Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

This mission’s manifest includes Lockheed Martin, with a satellite developed in collaboration with the University of Southern California Space Engineering Research Center for the testing of complex vision processing algorithms, SatRevolution, with a group of satellites for Earth Observation and scientific purposes, and the Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU) in cooperation with Spacemanic, with a satellite testing technologies for future missions of the Czech satellite constellation.

(Photo credits: SpaceX)

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After acquiring the signal from our ION SCV Elysian Eleonora a few hours after launch, our operations team has started all actions and procedures required by the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and Commissioning phase.

 

ION "DASHING THROUGH THE STARS" MISSION ROADMAP

PHASE 1 -  COMMISSIONING

As soon as ION SCV004 Elysian Eleonora reaches orbit, our spacecraft operations engineers establish a bidirectional communication channel. We then start the launch and early orbit phase (LEOP), neutralizing the rotation imparted by the launch vehicle during separation, correcting the attitude, testing the satellite’s subsystems, and preparing for the next phases.

PHASE 2 - COMMERCIAL PHASE, ORBITAL TRANSPORTATION

Once concluded the commissioning phase, ION SCV004 Elysian Eleonora starts the commercial phase of the mission with the deployment of the hosted satellites into a 500km sun-synchronous orbit. 

This mission’s manifest again includes clients from around the world, like Lockheed Martin, with a satellite developed in collaboration with the University of Southern California Space Engineering Research Center for the testing of complex vision processing algorithms, SatRevolution, with a group of satellites for Earth Observation and scientific purposes, and the Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU) in cooperation with Spacemanic, with a satellite testing technologies for future missions of the Czech satellite constellation.

PHASE 3 - HOSTED PAYLOADS PHASE

After the conclusion of the deployment phase, DASHING THROUGH THE STARS will proceed with the in-orbit demonstration of ARCA by CYSEC SA, a hardened operating system with a built-in cryptographic service and key management system to provide end-to-end cyber security protection for satellite communications.

PHASE 4 - ADVANCED SERVICES TESTS

This phase of the mission will be focused on D-Orbit’s cloud platform designed to provide distributed high-performance data analytics computing and storage capabilities in space. For this mission, D-Orbit is working in collaboration with Unibap and the European Space Agency (ESA) who are supporting the in-orbit test of a hyperspectral electro-optical instrument developed by research institution VTT. This platform allows third parties to upload and execute cloud applications and AI workloads to process images as soon as they are created, allowing results to be sent to users in record time.

PHASE 5 - DECOMMISSIONING

At the end of the mission, the spacecraft is decommissioned in compliance with the Space Debris Mitigation guidelines. The pressure vessels are depleted from leftover fuel and oxidizer, the battery charging system is deactivated, and the batteries are completely discharged. The spacecraft, now inert, enters a decommissioning trajectory that will bring it to burn up upon atmospheric re-entry within a few years.