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Spaceflight’s Sherpa-AC tug successfully deploys satellites

Sherpa-AC

Capitalism in space: Spaceflight’s first orbital tug, dubbed Sherpa-AC and launched on SpaceX’s May 25th smallsat Falcon 9 mission, has successfully deployed its satellites as planned.

Spaceflight successfully delivered all five customer payloads, including two hosted payloads on the Sherpa OTV [Orbital Transfer Vehicle, or tug], to their desired orbital destinations.

The Transporter 5 mission marks Spaceflight’s 51st launch, its sixth in 2022, and the first launch of the Sherpa-AC OTV model. Sherpa-AC, named for its “Attitude Control” capabilities, augments Spaceflight’s base free-flying Sherpa with key functionality including a flight computer, attitude knowledge and control, and more, making it ideal for servicing hosted payloads on orbit.

Organizations on Spaceflight’s Transporter 5 mission include Xona Space’s Huginn mission, NearSpace Launch Inc.’s TROOP-3, MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Agile Micro Sat, and Missile Defense Agency’s CNCE Block 2.

The picture above, reduced to post here, shows Sherpa-AC as launched. According to Spaceflight’s webpage, Sherpa-AC can act either as the service module for a smallsat, providing power, attitude control, and communications, or as a tug, bringing the cubesat to its desired orbit and then deploying it. On this flight three cubesats were deployed, and two remain attached, using Sherpa-AC as their service module.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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4 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    I am OUTRAGED! How dare they name their space tug after an indigenous people who has been reduced to servitude for white tourists! It should be named for one of mankind’s true heroes like Karl Marx or Fidel Castro.

  • Col, I do not know how many tugs the company plans on building, but perhaps they could name them after Sherpas. There are some famous ones. And, you will notice, without the Sherpa, nothing gets done. Hardly an insult.

    I know you were having some fun, but I do think the burgeoning commercial space sector is missing marketing tie-in opportunities. I don’t expect to see Elon Musk pitching Tang, but commercial space is here, right now. Maybe the creative agencies could start working that into the public consciousness.

  • Col Beausabre

    See “Notable People”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing_Norgay

    Ads – please don’t the various space craft end up looking like NASCAR racers!

  • “Ads – please don’t the various space craft end up looking like NASCAR racers!”

    The more money and interest tied to commercial space, the more likely to enjoy freedom of operation.

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