FASTSAT Fact Sheet

Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) Microsatellite

The FASTSAT fact sheet provides background information on the FASTSAT project.

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FASTSAT Latest News and Updates

    NASA's First Minisatellite Mission Comes to Successful End

    Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) Microsatellite An artist's rendering of the FASTSAT minisatellite in Earth orbit. (NASA/MSFC)
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    After two successful years of on-orbit operations, NASA's Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, mission is coming to an end. FASTSAT successfully demonstrated a capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs than previously possible. The satellite was designed, developed and tested over a period of 14 months at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in partnership with the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation and Dynetics, both of Huntsville, and the Department of Defense's Space Test Program.

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FASTSAT-HSV01 Tracking

    The Two Line Element, or TLE, set for FASTSAT-HSV01 describing its orbit, current as of April 18, 2011, is:

    1 90023U 0 11106.39950167 +.00000129 +00000-0 +26424-4 0 0128
    2 90023 071.9734 175.4809 0017113 031.2511 328.9618 14.7651779502174

    TLE's are explained on the CelesTrak website.

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FASTSAT Overview

    Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology SATellite (FASTSAT) Microsatellite

    FASTSAT is NASA’s first microsatellite designed to create a capability that increases opportunities for secondary, scientific and technology payloads, or rideshares, to be flown at lower cost than previously possible. The overall objective of the FASTSAT mission is to demonstrate the capability to build, design and test a microsatellite platform to enable governmental, academic and industry researchers to conduct low-cost scientific and technology experiments on an autonomous satellite in space.

    FASTSAT establishes a platform and environment where science and technology research experiment payloads of low- and mid-level complexity can be flown responsively and affordably in low-Earth orbit

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Media Contacts

    For media support regarding the FASTSAT mission, please contact:

    Kimberly Newton
    Marshall Space Flight Center
    Phone: 256-544-0034