The U.S. Government Now Needs Advanced Reaction Wheels to Fly to Space

The United States’ dependence on foreign sources when it comes to ‘critical defense materials’ has apparently been a cause of concern for a few years. However, now, Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), a renowned small satellite producer, has signed an agreement with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) functioning as Department of Defense (DoD) Executive Agent for the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III project.

The aim of this Title III program is to create and develop domestic manufacturing capacity for the production of space-qualified Next Generation Reaction Wheels (NGRWs), as well as small Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs).

BCT’s various and advancing reaction wheel project has the demonstrated capacity to make possible a wide range of expeditions and technological developments, therefore, decreasing the barriers of space exploration.

The Title III project offers the president massive authority to secure the timely availability of crucial domestic industrial resources in order to support national defense and homeland security terms via the use of custom economic stimuli.

Increasing the Use of Small Satellites

The new attitude control developments will be created and included in two stages: the first phase of the four-year program will concentrate its attention on small satellite reaction wheels. BCT will secure the availability of highly dependable, flight-proven reaction wheels for the United States government and commercial utilization in low-Earth orbit (LEO). The mission will need BCT to enhance the design of its existing reaction wheel series.

The second stage of the project will include the design and build of a small CMG for highly quick small satellite missions. This phase will also concentrate its efforts on accommodating longer expedition lives for Mid-Earth (MEO), Geostationary Eart (GEO), and Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO).

Reaction wheels and CMGs offer important attitude control management functions of the probe. These items, which provide low to mid-level energy storage capacities, are a crucial element needed for the increasing use of small satellite networks.

“Our company is one built on innovation and advanced aerospace engineering, and we are proud to partner with the DPA Title III program and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory on these next-generation components that are critical to unlocking the New Space economy,” said George Stafford, CEO, and President of Blue Canyon Technologies.

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