Small, relatively inexpensive United States Air Force satellites intended
to demonstrate new technologies in space. Mightysats are developed by the
Air Force Research Laboratory and carry multiple experiments. The first
was launched from the Space Shuttle
via the Hitchhiker Ejection System, the second by a Minotaur.
Mightysat 1's payload included experiments on composite materials, advanced
solar cells, advanced electronics, and a shock device; the total mass of
the satellite was 320 kg. Mightysat 2, also known as Sindri, carried a hyperspectral
imager for Earth imaging and spectroscopy, as well as satellite technology
experiments such as advanced solar arrays.
| Mightysat 1
||Oct. 29, 1998
||381 × 395 km × 51.6°
||Jul. 19, 2000
||547 × 581 km × 97.8°
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