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In August, we announced that MMA’s HaWK solar arrays had launched with JPL’s ASTERIA cubesat aboard a SpaceX Dragon 9 with the 12th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). On November 21, 2017, the ASTERIA cubesat was dispensed from ISS. Our HaWK solar arrays have since successfully deployed in space and are powering the mission! Based on early mission reports, the HaWK is performing well.

The ASTERIA — or Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics — mission aims to test whether a CubeSat is able to perform precise measurements of change in a star’s light. This has many useful applications, including the discovery and study of more distant planets outside of our solar system.

Read more about it here: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7019

ASTERIA launching from ISS