Orbital Transports highlighted space logistics and orbital infrastructure services for small satellite missions at the recent SmallSat Conference 2017 in Logan, Utah. Smallsats range in mass from less than 2 lbs to 360 lbs, and are gaining in popularity as affordable space missions across a growing range of industries. The annual Small Satellite Conference provides [...]
Several years ago, while attending SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah, CEO David Hurst recognized the growing need for a space logistics provider in the space industry. It galvanized the core purpose of Orbital Transports, and has helped to build the network of partners we have today. To serve the ever-growing satellite market, Orbital Transports works [...]
The Cal Poly CubeSat program has been hosting the CubeSat Developers’ Workshop for the past thirteen years, but this year is a bit different. Driven by years of success, and growth of the market, the event has outgrown the facilities they used in previous years. It will now be relocating to the Performing Arts Center [...]
A major system in NITESat is the imaging payload. It's correct design and proper operation are critical to the success of the NITESat mission. Consequently, we are building a prototype imaging system, called NITELITE. This prototype will provide an engineering demonstration of the NITESat imaging system. It will allow us to test as much of [...]
The NITESat mission team recently submitted its preliminary design to an independent review board for assessment. The review board examined the preliminary design to ensure that it meets the mission's top-level requirements and is consistent with the mission goals and objectives. The team presented the mission concept of operations, the system architecture, and proposed technical [...]
The Adler Planetarium is collaborating with Orbital Transports to build, launch, and operate a 3U CubeSat to demonstrate the ability to obtain Earth observation imagery in mid-infrared spectrum from low Earth orbit. The primary science mission will map the global temperature of the Earth's surface at a sufficient resolution to provide valuable data. We plan [...]
At the end of August, we participated in a Technical Merit Review to evaluate and prioritize the competing cubesat proposals. The IR imaging mission (ADLIRSAT) proposal passed with flying colors and was selected to go forward.
The Adler CubeSat initiative has been moving forward. Two mission concepts have been selected for further development. Our primary mission is to fly a cryocooled mid-infrared imager. As a backup, we're also considering an active radar to detect orbital debris. The objective of the IR mission (or ADLIRSAT) is to obtain full coverage of Earth's [...]