September 14, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the fifth consecutive year, small satellite manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) has provided critical hardware for the winner of the AIAA Small Satellite of the Year Award. The award was presented at the 2020 AIAA Small Satellite Conference, which was held virtually this year.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Technical Committee awarded the 2020 title to the Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) mission, led by principal investigator Dr. J. Vanderlei Martins from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The spacecraft was manufactured by the Space Dynamics Laboratory to carry the UMBC Earth and Space Institute-built HARP payload, and was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) in February after being delivered to the station on a Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The CubeSat carries an imaging polarimeter designed to measure properties of cloud and aerosol particles in Earth’s atmosphere. BCT supplied the XACT-15 model of its state-of-the-art XACT Attitude Control System for the HARP mission, providing Space Dynamics Laboratory with industry leading pointing accuracy for its CubeSat.
The Small Satellite of the Year Awards are presented annually to a mission that has demonstrated a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites. Eligible missions must have individual satellite wet mass of less than 150 kg, and must have launched, established communication, and have acquired results from on-orbit after January 1 of the previous year.
Previous award-winning missions Blue Canyon Technologies has supported also include:
BCT’s contribution to Space Dynamics Laboratory’s award is the latest in a series of milestone accomplishments in 2020 including being selected for the Inc. 5000 list of most successful companies in America, a number of high-profile contracts including phases 2 and 3 of the Blackjack program for DARPA, as well as the opening of its state-of-the-art Crescent manufacturing facility.
Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc., (BCT) a Colorado-based private company founded in 2008 to bring innovative, reliable and affordable solutions to space missions, is an experienced integrator of aerospace systems and developer of advanced aerospace products and technologies. BCT is a vertically integrated spacecraft manufacturer supporting nearly 50 unique missions with over 90 spacecraft. The company currently has more than 90 satellites in production and recently opened a new 80,000-square-foot facility for high rate production.
BCT has supported missions for The U.S. Air Force, NASA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and many others and provided the Attitude Control Systems for the first interplanetary CubeSats which successfully traveled to Mars. The company has been recognized with awards including Inc Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch, 2019 Best in Biz and the 2019 Colorado Biz Made in Colorado Emerging Manufacturer Winner.
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