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NanoAvionics to Supply Nanosatellite Bus for NASA Solar Sail Demo

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NanoAvionics to Supply Nanosatellite Bus for NASA Solar Sail Demo - top government contractors - best government contracting event

NASA has tapped NanoAvionics to create a 12U nanosatellite bus that will work to support the in-orbit test of the Advanced Composite Solar Sail System.

The company said Wednesday it will provide a FlatSat model and a testbed unit to allow Ames Research Center to conduct mechanical and payload integration tests remotely.

NanoAvionics will also field a team of engineers to support the operations, tests and integration of the satellite as part of the agreement.

Brent Abbott, CEO at NanoAvionics“™ North America segment, said the demonstration marks NASA’s initial in-orbit test for the solar sail’s deployment systems and composite booms.

“It will guide the development of a next-generation nanosatellites with solar sail propulsion system for small interplanetary spacecraft,“ Abbott added.

The demonstration is a part of a contract between NASA and AST & Science to ferry cargo into low-Earth orbit. AST secured a controlling interest in NanoAvionics in 2018 in efforts to expand production capacities within the U.S. and Europe.

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