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Arizona State University

Prox-1 Mission

Prox-1 team members (left to right) Louis Williams, Mike Veto, and Jack Bush test out imaging instruments that will will be used for navigation during automated proximity operations relative to the LightSail spacecraft. (Photo Courtesy of Georgia Tech)

Prox-1 was a student satellite project partnered between Arizona State University and Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology). The project engaged more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students spanning Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science.

The Prox-1 Mission aimed to demonstrate proximity operations for space situational awareness, through the use of an electric propulsion system for orbital maneuvering, and visible and infrared imaging for reconnaissance.

Prox-1 was launched on the first Falcon Heavy, as well as deployed and imaged the Planetary Society/Bill Nye's Light Sail-B.

Protocase was proud to manufacture a custom u-shape enclosure for the Prox-1 mission.

Work on Prox-1 culminated with the mating of both spacecraft and delivery to the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February 2016.

The plan was to launch Prox-1 and LightSail aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida in September 2016.

Learn more about the Prox-1 Mission.

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