BOULDER, Colorado – Sept 12, 2018 –Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has successfully completed the bus commissioning activities of three BCT-built spacecraft that were recently dispensed from the International Space Station (ISS). The payloads on all three 6U CubeSats, TEMPEST-D, CubeRRT, and HaloSat, have started operations with engineers monitoring from BCT’s Mission Operations Center (MOC) in Boulder, Colorado.
The satellites include:
BCT is now supporting numerous successful missions with a cumulative total of 4 spacecraft, 11 attitude control systems, 25 star trackers and 69 reaction wheels on-orbit. In conjunction with this recent on-orbit success, BCT has expanded their satellite manufacturing facilities in Boulder, Colorado to over 42,000 square feet. The new facility was designed to accommodate the increasing demand for their high-performance, high-reliability spacecraft, subsystems, and components. BCT’s new state-of-the-art facility supports high-volume spacecraft production, including constellations, by leveraging new cleanrooms, thermal vacuums, vibration, integration, and test capabilities. BCT has orders for nearly 60 spacecraft, ranging from 3U CubeSats to 200kg ESPA-class, for missions in LEO to GEO, for commercial, academic, and Government customers. BCT has also recently obtained building permits for an additional 40,000 square feet, which will make their facility one of the largest for small satellite production in the world.
The three new satellites being controlled from the BCT MOC join the RAVAN satellite, which BCT has been operating for nearly two years. BCT has plans to operate more than 10 other spacecraft by the end of 2019. The MOC software was designed to work seamlessly with all BCT spacecraft, which share a common command and telemetry architecture. In addition to the UHF antenna at the BCT facility, the MOC can also interface with multiple third-party ground station antennas and commercial ground station networks around the world. The high level of autonomy of the BCT spacecraft, and the powerful ground software require minimal operator involvement, resulting in near lights-out operations. The MOC software can also be easily installed at a spacecraft owner’s facility and operated by them, as is currently planned for multiple missions.
About Blue Canyon Technologies
Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc. is a privately held business founded in 2008 to bring high-performance, affordable solutions to space missions. The company is an innovative, experienced integrator of aerospace systems and developer of advanced aerospace products and technologies. For the latest news on Blue Canyon Technologies and for other company information, please visit www.bluecanyontech.com.