December 13, 2018 – HSAT, a 6U CubeSat using a Bus manufactured by Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) for the Harris Corporation, successfully launched from India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and has begun initial operations. The briefcase-sized spacecraft will test and characterize the performance of a payload in a circular, sunsynchronous, Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
BCT’s 6U spacecraft bus is a state-of-the-art, high-performance CubeSat platform that maximizes available payload volume. The spacecraft includes ultra-high-performance pointing accuracy, robust power system, command and data handling, RF communications, optional propulsion, and multiple flexible payload interfaces. The BCT XB Spacecraft family provides a complete solution for payload needs ranging from a 3U CubeSat to ESPA-class.
This was Harris Corporation’s first small satellite. Harris will operate the smallsat from its satellite operations center and ground station in Palm Bay, Florida. Initial on-orbit testing indicates HSAT is performing as expected.
“HSAT’s successful launch and initial testing showcases our ability to design, build and operate a small, lightweight satellite that can be affordably launched as a ‘rideshare’ with other satellites on the same rocket. It can then be reconfigured in space – enabling customers to upgrade or reprogram the application on orbit,” said Bill Gattle, president, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems.
Harris has been awarded multiple smallsat pathfinder missions in advance of launching HSAT. The company is adapting technologies used in its high-performance sensors and payloads, satellite ground systems, and advanced data analytics capabilities for smallsat platforms to safely leverage NewSpace benefits for critical mission needs.
Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc. is a privately held business founded in 2008 to bring high-performance, affordable solutions to space missions. The company is located in Boulder, Colorado.