Hercules Prototype (Hp) Technology Demonstration Flight: 2021
The Hercules prototype technology demonstration will be a proof-of-concept mission with the full-size Hercules Spacecraft. During this mission, Hp will bring 500kg’s of payloads to LEO. Once in orbit, Hp will perform a series of autonomous orbital transfers and deployments of the various payloads to their precise orbital destinations. Once Hp successfully deploys all payloads, the Hp Cradle and Carrier will autonomously separate and begin a 36hr autonomous free-flight while maintaining their orbital locations. After 36 hours, the Hp Cradle and Carrier will autonomously re-dock together and signify the completion of the Hp technology demonstration.