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SMDC ONE (Space Missile Defense Command-Operational Nanosatellite Effect) was launched from Cape Canaveral on 08 December 2010 at 15:43 UT on a Falcon 9 rocket. SMDC-ONE will be used to develop a small experimental communications satellite constellation for the US Army. Its mission objectives are to: (1) demonstrate the ability to rapidly design and develop militarily relevant low cost spacecraft; (2) receive packetized data from multiple Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) and transmit that data to ground stations within the SMDC-ONE ground track; (3) provide real-time voice and text message data relay to and from field-deployed tactical radio systems; and, (4) demonstrate an operational lifetime of 12 months or longer.

Alternate Names

  • 37246

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2010-12-08
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Army (United States)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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