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A Decade of CanX-2

posted May 4, 2018, 12:54 PM by Doug Sinclair
An important milestone passed quietly last week.  On April 28, the CanX-2 satellite marked 10 years on-orbit.  Onboard is the first RW-0.03 reaction wheel, still running nominally.  CanX-2 was the first 3U Cubesat to demonstrate high-performance 3-axis pointing of an optical payload.

All of our 129 reaction wheels currently on-orbit ultimately trace their heritage to the CanX-2 wheel.  We have scaled the design larger and smaller, as different missions have needed, but we have never strayed far from the proven mechanical design that just keeps working.