The Eagle-3 spacecraft is the highest performance member of Northrop Grumman’s Eagle spacecraft product line It is designed for missions requiring high reliability, substantial payload capacity, and operational mission performance features.
The Eagle-3 bus is a robust yet cost-effective spacecraft that can be configured for critical operational and science missions in a wide range of orbits and may be launched on the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy or the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). Seven Eagle-3 spacecraft are in production at Northrop Grumman’s Redondo Beach, Calif., facility.
Key features include longevity and survivability based on a redundant architecture and radiation-hardened electronics, with scalable capacity for multiple payloads. The Eagle-3 bus can autonomously recover basic functionality to ensure survivability for critical missions.
Other options include accommodations for high agility, large deployables, wide-band communications subsystems, and low-latency data delivery via high-rate Ka-band downlink to ground stations or broadcast to field terminals.
The space platform uses core designs for low Earth orbit (LEO), medium/high Earth orbit (MEO/HEO), geosynchronous orbit (GEO), and L2 Lagrange point configurations supporting a wide variety of missions and providing a high level of mission assurance.