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FAST 1 (USA 222)



FAST 1, also known as USA 222, was launched from Kodiak at 01:25 UT on 20 November 2010 by a Minotaur 4 rocket. The craft was built by students at the University of Texas, Austin. FAST 1 also called FASTRAC (Formation Autonomy Spacecraft with Thrust, Relnav, Attitude and Crosslink) consists of two satellites that will be launched together. The first has been named "Sara-Lily", and the second "Emma", both after the children of engineers working on the program. Sara-Lily will study the use of a Micro-Discharge Plasma Thruster (MDPT) for formation flying with Emma. It will also carry a GPS navigation experiment. Emma will carry an Inertial Measurement Unit, or IMU, which will be used to determine the distance between the two satellites.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2010-11-20
    Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 4
    Launch Site: Kodiak Launch Complex, United States

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown (United States)


    • Engineering

    Additional Information

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

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