NASA’s Starling Mission Deployed Swarm Of CubeSats Satellites Into Low Earth Orbit
"The Starling swarm will power up and attempt initial contact with the ground; a process that may occur overnight or in the next several days".
NASA: Our four CubeSats have successfully deployed in space. Their mission to test swarm technologies continues over the next six months, around 355 miles above Earth.
NASA’s four Starling CubeSats are confirmed to have deployed from the Rocket Lab’s Electron kick stage. The spacecraft, which are designed to work together as a “swarm,” have reached low Earth orbit to begin their mission to test technologies for autonomous positioning, networking, maneuvering, and decision-making.
Now, the Starling swarm will power up and attempt initial contact with the ground; a process that may occur overnight or in the next several days.
Starling is funded by NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley and within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.