The D3 modulates spacecraft drag force, while controlling orientation and orbital decay. It can be used to control a satellite constellation, deorbit a satellite, and target the re-entry location. It does all of this passively, without any rocket propellant. The D3 is a simple, reliable, low-cost, non-propulsive system. Any operators of a small spacecraft can use the D3. This includes CubeSats, CYGNSS spacecraft, ESPA Class spacecraft, and the Orion 38 motor (depleted).
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Here are just a few problems that small spacecraft operators face today:
Lower launch and mission costs
Conformance to the new FCC '5-year orbital debris rule'
Space traffic management, orbital debris mitigation and satellite control
Avoid collisions; reduce liability and risk of generating new debris
Provide ability to target unpopulated earth re-entry points
Ability to stagger CubeSat constellations (or other spacecraft)
Improve ground radar visibility of spacecraft
The D3 will allow spacecraft operators to do the following:
Inexpensively control spacecraft in orbit without rocket thrusters or dangerous rocket fuel.
Meet the new FCC '5-year orbital debris rule'
Easily perform a collision avoidance maneuver (CAM)
Safely re-enter spacecraft over a chosen earth coordinate
Quickly control satellite constellations
Create a larger footprint for ground radar
No. This is great for spacecraft operators because it may take the craft out of ITAR, reduces weight (and cost), reduces complexity, and lowers legal and debris risks.
Yes. Not only does this dramatically lower risk of death and damage (legal costs), but it also allows developers to use new materials. Examples include titanium, tungsten, tantalum, etc.
Yes. In addition to programmed and ground station maneuvers, the D3 can help identify spacecraft in a constellation. This will assist the operator in forming the desired pattern.