MarCO’s tiny, twin CubeSats have captured the attention of the entire world!
Their successful voyage to Mars — and the demonstration that smaller, less exquisite assets like these backpack-sized CubeSats can provide powerful support to missions, such as the data/communications relay proven with MarCOs A and B when the InSight Lander arrived at Mars on Monday, November 26, 2018 — is a giant leap for CubeSat technology, and a source of pride and excitement for the entire SmallSat community!
MMA is thrilled to have been involved in this milestone technology demonstration by providing space power to the MarCO CubeSats with our first, dual-axis deployment HaWK solar arrays. From all reports, our HaWKs surpassed power estimates on their interplanetary mission to the red planet, and now, BEYOND!
Learn more about this historic mission, and MarCO’s role in it, around the web:
Congratulations to the ASTERIA mission for winning SmallSat Mission of the Year at the 2018 SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah! MMA is proud and excited to have our HaWK Solar Arrays flying on this mission currently. For more about our ASTERIA HaWKs, please click here.
We will be at the 32nd annual SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah from August 4th through the 9th. Come visit us and check out some new hardware in Booth 205, in the Fieldhouse. If you are going to be there, and would like to talk about collaboration possibilities, please use the following link to set up a meeting with the MMA team. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Insight mission launched on schedule from Vandenburg Air force base in California on May 5 at 4:45 am. When NASA’s Insight mission launched, it was accompanied by two identical, backpack-size satellites collectively called Mars Cube One, or MarCO.
The power system on the MarCO cubesats includes MMA’s HaWK Solar Arrays, and from all reports, the HaWKs deployed successfully and the power system is working flawlessly!
MarCO-A and MarCO-B (aka Wall-E and Eva) are officially the smallest satellites ever sent past the moon on an interplanetary journey! The MarCO cubesat pair were deployed from the launch vehicle separately from the Insight Lander, and while they are carrying their own communications and navigation experiments as they fly independently to the Red Planet, their job is to radio back data about InSight while it enters the atmosphere and descends to the planet’s surface. By proving that CubeSats are a viable technology for interplanetary missions, and feasible on a short development timeline, this technology demonstration could lead to many other applications to explore and study our solar system.
MMA is proud to be a Silver Sponsor at the 15th Annual Cubesat Developers Workshop again this year in San Luis Obispo, California! If you are going to be there, and would like to talk about collaboration possibilities, please email Leslie Seal at email@example.com to set up a meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there!
MMA’s HaWK Solar Arrays are ready to provide essential power to MarCO cubesats, which are now integrated on the Atlas V vehicle at Vandenburg AFB, and ready for their launch window on May 5th.
MarCO is the first cubesat mission into deep space!
MarCO is sharing the launch with the InSight Mission and will fly separately to Mars. The Atlas V rocket that will loft InSight beyond Earth will also launch a separate NASA technology demonstration: two mini-spacecraft called Mars Cube One, or MarCO. These briefcase-sized CubeSats will fly on their own path to Mars behind InSight. Their goal is to test new miniaturized deep space communication equipment and, if the MarCOs make it to Mars, may relay back InSight data as it enters the Martian atmosphere and lands. This will be a first test of miniaturized CubeSat technology at another planet, which researchers hope can offer new capabilities to future missions.
Find out more about this exciting mission, and see our HaWK solar arrays in action in this video from JPL.
If successful, the MarCOs could represent a new kind of communication capability to Earth!
MMA will be exhibiting next month at the 34th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado! Come by to discuss the endless POSSIBILITIES of working with MMA! We will be in Booth 1427 from Monday, April 16 through Thursday, April 19.
To increase capacity and capability for our deployable systems programs, MMA has moved to a new facility in Louisville, Colorado! Our new headquarters houses our current team and allows ample space for our ever-growing deployable systems. MMA has expanded from our prior 10,000 ft² facility in Boulder to a 20,000 ft² facility and increases our capabilities in engineering, R&D, production, assembly, and testing.
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.
MMA proudly participated in, and is featured in this video which highlights the Air Force Small Business Industry Days event. These events match up and connect small business capabilities with critical Air Force needs.
Check out our team and products at 0:16, 0:42 and again at 0:50 in this video!