Blue Canyon Technologies deploys multiple components aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

Monday January 25, 2021 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Blue Canyon Technologies, SpaceX Falcon 9, George Stafford

BOULDER -- Blue Canyon Technologies, LLC today announced the launch of multiple components aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9, including FleXcore Attitude Control Systems and Next-Generation Reaction Wheels.

“Our versatile components are helping reduce the barrier to space,” said George Stafford, CEO of Blue Canyon.Blue_Canyon_logoUSE 

“We provide the performance, flexibility and cost-efficiency needed to increase the viability of commercial missions.”

The components support a variety of commercial missions, including two commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites for Capella Space and SAMSON, and an experimental mission of Technicon to demonstrate long-term formation flight.

Blue Canyon said its FleXcore system offers a high-performance, cost-efficient modular Attitude Determination and Control System platform that's scalable to a wide range of bus sizes and mission requirements.

BCT's attitude control systems have flown on a variety of small satellites, including micro-sat spacecraft, and was first put on-orbit in 2016,the company said.

In May 2019, BCT announced it would provide 12 precision pointing platforms, built on the company’s FleXcore product, to Capella Space, the U.S.-based information services company providing Earth observation data on demand.

BCT said its Reaction Wheels are built to provide spacecraft with the precise combination of torque and momentum storage necessary to navigate a successful mission. Brushless DC motors, ultra-smooth bearings, and the BCT Reaction Wheel advanced lubrication system ensures low-jitter performance and long mission life. The company said.

Blue Canyon Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies. BCT is currently supporting nearly 50 unique missions with more than 90 spacecraft, all in production at its newly developed 80,000-square-foot facility in Lafayette.

BCT has supported missions for the U.S. Air Force, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and provided the Attitude Control Systems for the first interplanetary CubeSats, which successfully traveled to Mars.