The KySat Space Express sub-orbital mission summary

Tyler J. Doering, Samuel F. Hishmeh, Thomas L. Dodson, Amber Rose White, Prabhakara R. Eluru, Prasanna Padmanabhan, Michael B. Gailey, Keith J. Bux, Michael A. Schulte, Andrew F. Crowe, William C. Hutchison, Chris N. Gleim, Dale T. McClure, Benjamin K. Malphrus, Jeffrey A. Kruth, James E. Lumpp

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KySat Space Express was a rapid turn around, suborbital access to space experiment launched in December 2007. The Space Express mission was designed to help test subsystems and processes being developed for future orbital KySat missions. A primary goal of the KySat Consortium is to facilitate inexpensive and rapid access to space for small payloads. The Space Express mission was launched from the White Sands Missile Range on a Lunar Rocket and Rover Shadow 1B launch system. The space express payload consisted of telemetry package that gathered temperature, pressure, and mission time on board the rocket. The telemetry gathered onboard the rocket was transmitted to three redundant ground stations using the VHF amateur ham radio band. While the launch system suffered a failure during the boost phase, the payload functioned as designed. This paper overviews the design and development of the Space Express Mission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AC
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AC - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 1 2008Mar 8 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2008 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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