Marlborough, MA and Huntsville, AL (Date, 2017) – Adcole Maryland Aerospace, LLC and Quantum Research International, Inc. announced today that the Kestrel Eye Block IIM microsatellite is in orbit and functioning well following successful deployment from the International Space Station. The Kestrel Eye imaging satellite is the first on-orbit demonstration of an envisioned Department of Defense (DOD) constellation that may someday provide enhanced situational awareness to users on the ground through direct communications with tactical satellites under theater control.
The successful deployment and operation of Kestrel Eye is a major milestone for these two companies as well as the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT), the DOD Space Test Program who sponsored the satellite launch and deployment, and the evolving DOD space enterprise. This class of small, inexpensive, and yet highly capable satellites are expected to make space cheaper and more accessible while simultaneously enhancing the resiliency and flexibility of future space architectures.
The mission operations team was able to communicate with Kestrel Eye on the first available pass less than four hours after deployment of the satellite on October 24th. When the team established contact with the vehicle, they found it in excellent condition with a nearly fully-charged battery, controlled attitude rates, and healthy communications’ links. Over the next few passes, the team was able to command the spacecraft into the planned pointing mode and has begun working through on-orbit test and commissioning plans.
Kestrel Eye Block IIM is designed to meet the US Government's increasing demand for enhanced space capability in times of limited budgets. The superior affordability of end-to-end microsatellite space solutions will help both government customers and private industry realize their mission goals in accelerated timeframes at a fraction of the cost of traditional space systems.
About Adcole Maryland Aerospace
Adcole Maryland Aerospace was formed in April 2017 through the merger of Maryland Aerospace, Inc. (MAI) and Adcole Corporation’s aerospace division. MAI has long been a leading provider of Small Satellite and CubeSat components as well as end-to-end space systems. Adcole Corporation, now in its 60th year, has been the trusted supplier of radiation hardened and high reliability sun sensors for hundreds of LEO, GEO, and interplanetary space missions. More information about the company is available at www.adcolemai.com.
Quantum Research, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, is a leader in providing engineering, analysis, integration, and information technology services and solutions to the Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, and industry customers. More information about the company is available at www.quantum-intl.com.
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