Redwire is proud to be providing Starfish Space with an ARGUS space domain awareness camera for their first-ever satellite docking mission, Otter Pup. The technology demonstration, which is launching on the SpaceX Transporter-8 mission, will be the first-ever docking of two commercial satellites in low-Earth orbit and the first satellite docking using electric propulsion. Transporter-8 is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California no earlier than June 12 at 5:19 p.m. ET.
Through a contract with Starfish Space, Redwire delivered the ARGUS camera system to supply images to Starfish’s software, which determines the relative position of the Otter Pup satellite’s docking target, a critical capability needed for mission success. A successful satellite docking will open the door to future satellite servicing missions, enabling spacecraft to operate for years beyond their designed life and support sustainable spacecraft operations well into the future.
If the docking mission is successful, Redwire will also remotely install its Cerebro Resident Space Object tracking software into the ARGUS camera system, leveraging proven ExoAnalytic algorithms, to demonstrate space domain awareness mission applications for the Department of Defense. Redwire’s Cerebro software uses onboard autonomous proximity awareness calculations to perform space surveillance of resident space objects, enhancing survivability of critical space assets.
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