On 2/8/18 8:55 PM, Bill Byrom wrote:
After the successful Falcon Heavy launch earlier this week, it appears that the
Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) is now scheduled to go up in June 2018 on a
Falcon Heavy carrying the US Air Force STP-2 test payloads.
For a fun video about this project suitable for non-time-nuts, see:
"The Deep Space Atomic Clock is being readied for flight next year.
Moving hardware from the laboratory to space meant conquering a number
of technological challenges."
A number of really hard technological challenges. Aside from taking a
bench full of gear and squeezing it down to a few liters.
Note the date on an earlier note:
"DSAC is scheduled for launch in mid-2016"
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:31:26 -0600
Upcoming Event: Deep Space Atomic Clock
Jan. 14, 2016, at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET, 0300 UTC)
You can watch this event via USTREAM: http://www.ustream.tv/NASAJPL2
Todd Ely, DSAC Principal Investigator, JPL
Allen H. Farrington, DSAC Project Manager, JPL
Atomic clocks are an integral, yet almost invisible component of modern
For space exploration, they have been the foundational frequency
standard for NASA's Deep Space Network. NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock
(DSAC) Technology Demonstration Mission, led by the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, has been maturing the latest Atomic Clock technologies into
a smaller package, suitable for installation on a variety of deep space
probes to enhance navigation precision and gravity science across the
DSAC is scheduled for launch in mid-2016.
Satellite being built by Surrey Satellite Technologies USA, Englewood,
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