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Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART)



DART (Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology) was a technology demonstrator that was launched by a Pegasus-XL HAPS rocket from an L-1011 cargo aircraft flying out of Vandenberg AFB at 18:25 UT on 15 April 2005. The satellite was to test its capability to rendezvous and maneuver around a specially equipped DoD satellite, MUBLCOM (1999-026B). A malfunction of the satellite, while it had reached 91 m from the target satellite, resulted in the failure of the mission.

Alternate Names

  • 28642
  • DART
  • Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2005-04-15
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 360 kg

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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