Millennium Space Systems
Millennium Space Systems says an experiment launched to space on Nov. 19 will show that a small satellite with a deployable tether can safely deorbit in about 45 days.
A pair of nearly identical cubesats built by Millennium Space Systems could help answer a nagging question. Can deployment of a lengthy tether speed a satellite’s reentry into Earth’s atmosphere?
A tethered cubesat is projected to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up within six weeks whereas an untethered one could take up to nine years.
Called Tetra-1, the microsatellite was the first project awarded in 2018 by the Space Enterprise Consortium.
The Wide Field of View satellite is scheduled to launch in August 2021.
CEO Stan Dubyn says the company now is entirely focused on government civil and national security space.
The Wide Field Of View satellite will be used in support of the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared constellation.
TriSept Corp., a launch integration and mission management company based in Chantilly, Virginia, announced work Aug. 5 with Rocket Lab and Millennium Space Systems on Dragracer, a mission to demonstrate a way to de-orbit satellites at the conclusion of their missions.