Space Micro Celebrates Over Four Years of Orbital Operation for S-Band Radio

San Diego, CA – March 1, 2018

Space Micro’s S-Band radio, µSTDN, has now surpassed four years of operation in space on NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) program. Launched on June 28, 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base on an Orbital Pegasus XL Rocket, this radio was initially supplied for a two-year mission.

The mission has since been extended and the radio continues to operate flawlessly after four years. Space Micro receives periodic status reports from NASA on its performance. As of 2015, IRIS and Space Micro’s radio have completed over 10,000 orbits and temperature cycles.

“This standard product demonstrates a robust design and ability to deliver affordable radiation-hardened space communications to programs of national significance,” said CEO David J. Strobel.

IRIS was designed to provide a closer look at the sun’s lower atmosphere to answer questions about solar activity and material. The observation satellite collects information on temperature and solar material movement. NASA has extended IRIS through September 2018.