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Mission typeTechnology demonstration
OperatorGet Away Special Team, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States
COSPAR ID{{#property:P247}}
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type1U CubeSat
Start of mission
Launch date21 December 2021, 10:07:08 UTC[1]
RocketFalcon 9, B1069.1
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
Deployment date26 January 2022
ELaNa 38
← ELaNa 37
ELaNa 39 →

GASPACS (Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite) is a 1U CubeSat satellite developed by the Get Away Special Team, an undergraduate research team within the physics department at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.[2] GASPACS launched on the SpaceX CRS-24 Commercial Resupply Service mission to the International Space Station on 21 December 2021. Its primary mission was to deploy a meter-long inflatable boom in low Earth orbit and transmit a clear photograph of the deployed boom to Earth. The inflatable boom also serves to passively stabilize the rotation of the satellite due to aerodynamic drag in orbit. The satellite is a part of NASA's 38th Educational Launch of Nanosatellites mission.[3]

On 26 January 2022, the satellite was deployed into orbit by astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn via the Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer. On the same day, the Get Away Special Team declared the mission accomplished after receiving visual confirmation of the successful deployment of the inflatable boom.[4]


  1. "Live coverage: SpaceX hoping weather cooperates for predawn launch in Florida". Spaceflight Now. 20 December 2021. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  2. "Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite". Retrieved 2021-09-30. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Jason Costa (17 December 2021). "ELaNa 38 CubeSats: Small Satellites Making a Big Impact". NASA. Retrieved 2022-01-28. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help) This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain:
  4. Mary-Ann Muffoletto (26 January 2022). "Utah 'Space' University: GAS Team's Satellite Successfully Deployed from ISS". Utah State University. Retrieved 2022-01-28. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Spaceflight : Cosmology, Space programs of the United States, Celestial event, Falcon 9 booster B1019, Asgardia Independent Research Center, Ariane flight VA254, Human Landing System
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