Building on the successful launch and deployment of its first two CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1 space vehicles last June, the Missile Defense Agency launched two CNCE Block 2 CubeSats on May 25, 2022, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Successful communications with both CubeSats were confirmed on May 31, 2022.
The new mission is a planned follow-on to the Block 1 success and supports the development of MDA’s Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) and other MDA and DOD space efforts. Part of MDA’s Nanosat Testbed Initiative (NTI), the CNCE program uses small, low-cost satellites to demonstrate networked radio communications between nanosatellites while in orbit…
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