Deep Space 1: Quick Facts

Mission Name:

Deep Space 1 (DS1)

To test 12 advanced technologies in deep space to lower the cost and risk to future science-driven missions that use them for the first time.

Project Manager:
Dr. Marc Rayman

Major Contractors/Contributions:

Spacecraft partner
Spectrum Astro Inc., Gilbert, AZ

Ion Propulsion System

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Hughes Electron Dynamics Division, Torrance, CA
Spectrum Astro, Moog Inc., East Aurora
NY and Physical Science Inc., Andover, MA

Solar Concentrator Arrays

AEC-Able Engineering Inc., Goleta, CA
Tecstar, City of Industry, CA
Entech, Keller, TX
NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Remote Agent

NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer [MICAS]

U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ, SSG Inc., Waltham, MA
University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary
Laboratory, Tucson, AZ
Boston University Center of Space Physics, Boston, MA
Rockwell International Science Center, Thousand Oaks, CA

Plasma Experiment for Planetary Exploration[PEPE]

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Small Deep Space Transponder

Motorola Government Space Systems Division Technology Group, Scottsdale, AZ

Ka-Band Solid-State Power Amplifier

Lockheed Martin, Valley Forge, PA

Low-Power Electronics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, Cambridge, MA

Multifunctional Structure

U.S. Air Force's Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, CO

Power Activation and Switching Module

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, Boeing Co., Seattle, WA

Total Cost:
$149.7M (FY95-99)

Development Costs (new start to launch + 30 days):

Operations Costs:

Launch Service(including launch vehicle):


New Start Date:

October 1, 1995

Launch Date:

October 24, 1998

Launch Vehicle:

Delta 7326-9.5 Med-Lite (first use of this model)

Launch Site:

Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida

Mission Results:

  1. 12 technologies tested successfully
  2. Flyby asteroid Braille
  3. Began extended mission in September 1999
  4. Flyby of Asteroid 1992 KD On July 1999 At 27 km Altitude

End Of Primary Mission Date:
September 1999

End Of Extended Mission Date:
October 2001

Launch Mass:
486.32kg (includes spacecraft and propellants)

High Gain Antenna Diameter:
0.274 meters

Communications Frequencies:
X, Ka

Max Data Rate:
20 kilobits per second

Max Power:
2500W (a majority of this power, 2100W, is used to power the ion engine)

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