ESCAPADE Timeline/History

2024
Launch!

ESCAPADE is set to launch on the maiden voyage of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket in Late 2024!  

Spacecraft Integration!

Our partners at Rocket Lab USA are working hard to integrate all the subsystems on the Blue and Gold Spacecraft! [caption id="attachment_686" align="alignnone" width="900"] ESCAPADE Engine Installation[/caption]

2023
Pre-Environmental Review (PER)

With the two spacecraft (mostly) assembled, it's time to carefully review the configuration of the system & ensure that all unit-level, subsystem, and system testing has been completed.  Here is where we make sure everything is ready to put the spacecraft through their environmental tests, i.e. the conditions they will…
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Instrument Integration on Spacecraft

Fully tested and delivered, time to mount the instruments on the Blue & Gold Spacecraft and put them through their paces!!

Structural Qualification!

We built up a full copy of the spacecraft to make sure our design can survive the punishing environment of launch into space!

Instruments Come Together!

It's Instrument Suite I&T! Instrument teams are hard at work assembling, testing, disassembling, cleaning, retesting.  Here's EESA-e instrument lead Phyllis Whittlesey hard at work.

2022
Critical Design Review

After some challenges over the summer following changing the separation and propulsion systems, the team at UCB and RL completed a successful CDR. From the Independent Review Board: The Escapade independent Mission CDR demonstrated stunning progress since the Spacecraft CDR in June.  All the actions from SCDR were addressed.   The…
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New Propulsion System

New Zealand COVID delays impacted qualification schedule of original system; inadequate time remained to resolve issues found. Replaced with off-the-shelf solution from Arianne Space. New design brought up to CDR maturity, peer reviewed

2021
ESCAPADE confirmation

ESCAPADE passes its KDP-C on August 17, 2021, with a new target launch readiness date of May 2024. NASA press release Berkeley News article. Daily Californian article Rob Lillis Interview with Matt Kaplan on Planetary Radio. Supercluster article.

2020
Rocket Lab Selected as ESCAPADE Spacecraft Contractor

Press Release: Space company Rocket Lab plans to build new Mars spacecraft The University of California-Berkeley has chosen California-based space company Rocket Lab to build two spacecraft for one of the least expensive interplanetary missions in history, a scientific investigation of the Martian magnetosphere. Read more.

ESCAPADE Timeline/History

2024
Launch!

ESCAPADE is set to launch on the maiden voyage of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket in Late 2024!  

Spacecraft Integration!

Our partners at Rocket Lab USA are working hard to integrate all the subsystems on the Blue and Gold Spacecraft! [caption id="attachment_686" align="alignnone" width="900"] ESCAPADE Engine Installation[/caption]

2023
Pre-Environmental Review (PER)

With the two spacecraft (mostly) assembled, it's time to carefully review the configuration of the system & ensure that all unit-level, subsystem, and system testing has been completed.  Here is where we make sure everything is ready to put the spacecraft through their environmental tests, i.e. the conditions they will…
Read more

Instrument Integration on Spacecraft

Fully tested and delivered, time to mount the instruments on the Blue & Gold Spacecraft and put them through their paces!!

Structural Qualification!

We built up a full copy of the spacecraft to make sure our design can survive the punishing environment of launch into space!

Instruments Come Together!

It's Instrument Suite I&T! Instrument teams are hard at work assembling, testing, disassembling, cleaning, retesting.  Here's EESA-e instrument lead Phyllis Whittlesey hard at work.

2022
Critical Design Review

After some challenges over the summer following changing the separation and propulsion systems, the team at UCB and RL completed a successful CDR. From the Independent Review Board: The Escapade independent Mission CDR demonstrated stunning progress since the Spacecraft CDR in June.  All the actions from SCDR were addressed.   The…
Read more

New Propulsion System

New Zealand COVID delays impacted qualification schedule of original system; inadequate time remained to resolve issues found. Replaced with off-the-shelf solution from Arianne Space. New design brought up to CDR maturity, peer reviewed

2021
ESCAPADE confirmation

ESCAPADE passes its KDP-C on August 17, 2021, with a new target launch readiness date of May 2024. NASA press release Berkeley News article. Daily Californian article Rob Lillis Interview with Matt Kaplan on Planetary Radio. Supercluster article.

2020
Rocket Lab Selected as ESCAPADE Spacecraft Contractor

Press Release: Space company Rocket Lab plans to build new Mars spacecraft The University of California-Berkeley has chosen California-based space company Rocket Lab to build two spacecraft for one of the least expensive interplanetary missions in history, a scientific investigation of the Martian magnetosphere. Read more.