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AENEAS

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2012-048C

Description

The primary payload is tracking cargo containers over the open ocean with a 1-watt WiFi-like transceiver. A current tracking system for cargo containers, designed by the primary payload provider iControl Inc., is capable of identifying the container within a mile from shore, but loses all contact for the majority of the open-water journey. For both government and non-government entities, the ability to track containers in transit is highly valued. This mission uses a custom-built deployable mesh antenna, and stretches the attitude control and power generation capabilities of the Colony I bus to its limits.

The secondary payload is an experimental, next-generation, radiation-hardened flight processor. On Aeneas, the processor will be space-qualified by performing self-diagnostic checks and reporting the results back to the ground

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2012-09-13
    Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
    Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

    Funding Agency

    • Department of Defense (United States)

    Discipline

    • Surveillance and Other Military

    Additional Information

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

     
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