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NASA Seeks Commercial Providers to Launch Cubesat for Planetary Research Demo Mission

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NASA has released a sources sought notice calling on launch providers that can send a cube satellite to highly elliptical orbit as part of a demonstration mission on phenomena occurring in the Earth's outer radiation belt.

NASA said in the SAM notice posted Friday that it is looking for commercial launch services to deliver the 6 Unit GTOSat spacecraft to HEO in line with the agency's orbital lifetime guidelines.

According to the document, GTOSat will operate as a sun-pointed cubesat and carry a Relativistic Electron Magnetic Spectrometer as well as a magnetometer to monitor the behavior of relativistic electrons in geostationary transfer orbit

GTOSat does not have de-orbit elements and is meant to “naturally decay“ in 25 years, the notice states.

NASA expects spacecraft deliveries to begin in the first quarter of 2021 with rocket integration work scheduled for Aug. 1 of next year.

Responses to the notice are due on Jan. 8, 2021.

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