“Beginning of the Swarm” mission


April 23, 2024

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Mission overview

On April 23, 2024, Exolaunch successfully deployed NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) onboard Rocket Lab’s “Beginning of the Swarm” mission. Liftoff occurred at 1000 NZT / 2200 UTC from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. With this launch, Exolaunch’s flight heritage has increased to 28 missions.

With a 12U nanosatellite bus built by Kongsberg NanoAvionics, NASA’s ACS3 mission is a tech demo to test new structures for solar sail propulsion systems, which rely on sunlight for propulsion. The satellite was flown via an EXOpod deployer.

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