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Arkyd Telescope Demo

Arkyd Telescope Demo

Planetary Resources – Arkyd-3 is a small CubeSat demonstrating technologies that will be used in the future Arkyd space telescope fleet, including avionics, attitude control, and power systems.

Customer: Planetary Resources
Research: Arkyd Telescope Demo
NanoRacks Facility: Smalsat Deployment
Mission Duration: 03/2015 – 09/2015
Mission Status: Complete
More Info: From NASA website

Research Overview
Planetary Resources Development Corpation is a private company developing a space telescope system that studies asteroids, with the goal of locating an asteroid that can be mined for raw materials. The CubeSat launches from the International Space Station and transmits data to Earth stations, transferring telemetry and other information.

  • Planetary Resources is developing innovative deep space robotic exploration technologies for the purpose of identifying and extracting resources from near-Earth asteroids.
  • Resource extraction from asteroids provides a sustainable supply of raw materials for the further exploration of space.
  • The NanoRacks-Planetary Resources-Arkyd-3 CubeSat is a demonstration of the core technologies necessary for cost-effective commercial deep-space missions to prospect resources on near-Earth asteroids or perform other investigations in the inner Solar System.

Planetary Resources-Arkyd-3 is a demonstration of core Arkyd spacecraft elements developed internally at Planetary Resources Development Corporation (PRDC), including avionics, attitude determination and control, and power and energy management. A series of experimental tests and operations of the CubeSat consist of communication to PRDC and independent Earth stations, including command uplink, telemetry and payload data downlink, and software updates.

Performance information from the NanoRacks-Planetary Resources-Arkyd-3 mission will inform the development of future Arkyd series spacecraft leading towards asteroid prospecting and resource extraction.

Planetary Resources CubeSat

Extracting raw materials from asteroids will enable spacefaring people to obtain water, fuel and other resources, expanding humanity’s capability to reach targets beyond the moon and low Earth orbit. Results from the NanoRacks-Planetary Resources-Arkyd-3 investigation inform the development of future Arkyd series spacecraft, ultimately building toward a fleet of spacecraft prospecting for materials on asteroids and extracting them for human use.

Asteroids contain a wealth of rare metals and other materials that are important for developing modern technology, yet are in finite supply on Earth. Future Arkyd space telescopes will study asteroids in great detail, determining possible targets for future exploration and mining of raw materials, benefiting people on Earth.

Read more at the Planetary Resources website.

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