PHASE 1 -
As soon as ION SCV009 Eclectic Elena 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 satellites' subsystems, and preparing for the next phases.
PHASE 2 - COMMERCIAL PHASE, HOSTED PAYLOAD DEMONSTRATION
Once concluded the commissioning phase, ION SCV009 Eclectic Elena will start the commercial phase of the mission, which will consist of the in-orbit demonstration (IOD) of third-party payloads hosted onboard: NEA® Payload Release Ring by the US Company EBAD; Bunny, an onboard computer developed by the Spacecraft Team of the Swiss Institute EPFL; SD-1, a memorial payload by the New Zealand company StardustMe; and ADEO-N3, an autonomous drag sail developed by the Munich-based space company HPS.
In order to comply with the precise operational orbital slots required by customers, ION 009 will perform a series of complex orbital maneuvers.
PHASE 3 - DECOMMISSIONING
At the end of the mission planned 8 months after the launch, ADEO-N3 sail will be deployed and the End of Life phase begins, the spacecraft is decommissioned in compliance with the Space Debris Mitigation guidelines. The pressure vessels are depleted from leftover fuel and oxidizer and the spacecraft enter a decommissioning trajectory that will bring them to burn up upon atmospheric re-entry within a few years.