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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

Alternate Names

  • 38760

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)


  • 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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