XSS-10 computer model
Mission typeTechnology
COSPAR ID2003-005B
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Spacecraft properties
Launch mass28 kilograms (62 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateJanuary 29, 2003, 18:06:00 (2003-01-29UTC18:06Z) UTC
RocketDelta II 7925-9.5
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-17B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude518.0 kilometers (321.9 mi)
Apogee altitude805.0 kilometers (500.2 mi)
Inclination39.75 degrees
Period98.0 minutes
Epoch29 January 2003, 13:06:00 UTC[1]

XSS-10 (eXperimental Small Satellite 10) was a small, low-cost micro-spacecraft developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate to test technology for line-of-sight guidance of spacecraft.[2] The project was initiated at AFRL by Program Manager David Barnhart[3] and completed by Georgia Tech Research Institute engineer Thom Davis and team.[4] The project was declared a success shortly after launch.[5]

Spent upper stage of the Delta II launch vehicle imaged by the XSS-10 satellite


  1. ^ "NASA - NSSDCA - Spacecraft - Trajectory Details". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  2. ^ Banke, Jim (2003-01-30). "Air Force XSS-10 Micro-Satellite Mission a Success". Space.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  3. ^ David A. Barnhart et al, “XSS-10 Micro-satellite Demonstration,” AIAA-1998-5298, AIAA Defense and Civil Space Programs Conference and Exhibit, Huntsville, AL, Oct. 28-30, 1998
  4. ^ "Big plans for small satellites". Historical archive. Georgia Tech Research Institute. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  5. ^ Sanders, Jane M (2003-08-11). "The Little Engine That Could". Research Horizons. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2012-10-26.

External links

  • XSS Micro-Satellite at Boeing.com