Blue Canyon Technologies has been selected to build over 30 spacecraft for academic, commercial, and government missions. BCT has delivered hundreds of flight articles, including components, full ADCS systems for nano- and microsats, and complete spacecraft avionics. A few of our missions are listed below:

MinXSS

  • 3U CubeSat for the University of Colorado.
  • Space weather instrument designed to collect soft X-ray emissions from the sun.
  • Uses the BCT XACT for high-performance guidance, navigation, and control.
  • Was deployed from the International Space Station on May 16, 2016. Re-entered in May 2017.
  • On-orbit data indicated 1-sigma cross-axis pointing error better than 8 arcseconds.

RAVAN

  • 3U CubeSat for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).
  • Demo of a radiometer to pave the way for a constellation Earth radiation budget mission.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus, I&T services, and Mission Operations Center.
  • Launched September 2016. Continued operations recently funded through 2017 and 2018.

PlanetiQ

  • 6U CubeSat constellation for PlanetiQ.
  • Commercial satellite constellation dedicated to weather, climate, and space weather.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus, I&T services, and Mission Operations Center.

Tempest-D

  • 6U CubeSat for Colorado State University.
  • Demo of a radiometer that will provide temporal observations of cloud and precipitation processes in a future constellation.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus, I&T services, and Mission Operations Center.

CubeRRT

  • 6U CubeSat for Ohio State University.
  • Will observe, detect, and mitigate radio frequency interference (RFI) for microwave radiometers.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus, I&T services, and Mission Operations Center.

HaloSat

  • 6U CubeSat for the University of Iowa and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
  • Will measure soft X-ray emissions from the halo of our Milky Way galaxy.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus, I&T services, and Mission Operations Center.

SSA

  • ESPA-Class MicroSat for the Air Force Research Laboratory.
  • Capable of detecting and locating near-GEO (geo-synchronous orbit) space objects for routine and frequent updates to the GEO catalog.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus, I&T services, and Mission Operations Center.

ASCENT

  • 12U CubeSat for the Air Force Research Laboratory.
  • First demonstration of a CubeSat at GEO.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus.

CSIM

  • 6U CubeSat demonstration for the University of Colorado.
  • Will measure solar spectral irradiance to understand how solar variability impacts Earth’s climate and to validate climate model sensitivity to spectrally varying solar forcing.
  • Uses the BCT XB Spacecraft Bus.

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XACT
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Star Trackers
(# on-orbit: 14)

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Reaction Wheels
(# on-orbit: 36)

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