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MightySat 2.1

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2000-042A

Description

Mightsat 2.1 (meaning first flight of the series-2 version) is an American military minispacecraft to test/demonstrate components for future utilization. It was launched by a Minotaur rocket from Cape Canaveral at 20:09 UT. The 130 kg spacecraft carries two kinds of hardware for tests. In the list of "unproven technologies" are SAC which focuses solar energy on solar cells; NSX that is an ultra-light weight communications unit; and MFCBS that contains a multifunctional composite bus structure. In the list of "stand alone experiments" is FTHSI that provides hyperspectral images through a Fourier transform technique; QS40 that monitors radiation damage in microelectronic components; SMATTE to investigate the bimodal behavior of composite sheets that change physical properties such as stiffness by tailored thermal inputs but can recover to the original status after heating above a transition temperature; and SAFI that carries embedded copper wires in a composite film to help reduce the weight of components.

Alternate Names

  • 26414
  • MightySat2.1
  • MightySat II.1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-07-19
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 130 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)

Discipline

  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 
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