Millennium Space finishes TETRA-1 microsatellite for demonstrating communications in geosynchronous orbit

May 1, 2020
TETRA-1 set for launch later this year to demonstrate small satellite capabilities with payloads for communications, sensors, and space networking.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Millennium Space Systems, a Boeing company in El Segundo, Calif., has completed the design, production and integration of a new microsatellite prototype for the U.S. Space Force. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 May 2020 -- The TETRA spacecraft is for prototype missions around geosynchronous orbit. The satellite was the first prototype award issued under the Space Enterprise Consortium, a contract vehicle used by the Space and Missile Systems Center for rapid prototyping projects.

Millennium and Blue Canyon Technologies in Boulder, Colo., won contracts to develop a TETRA microsatellite. TETRA-1 is based on Millennium’s ALTAIR small satellite product line, although no previous ALTAIR satellites have operated in geosynchronous orbit before.

TETRA-1 is scheduled for launch later this year on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. It will demonstrate small satellite capabilities with payloads for communications, reconnaissance, and space networking.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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