Ball-built satellite arrives at launch site
Last Updated: 15:13 September 6, 2013
Slated to launch Nov. 4 aboard a Minotaur I Rocket, the STPSat-3 is the primary satellite for the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space 3 enabler mission.
The satellite is the second spacecraft Ball has built for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle program.
“STPSat-3 will demonstrate the robust SIV spacecraft by carrying five payloads and a de-orbit module,” Ball Aerospace president Rob Strain said in a press release. “Ball’s first SIV satellite, STPSat-2, launched in November 2010 and has exceeded its mission requirements and continues to operate three onboard experiments.”
Built last year, the STPSat-3’s payloads include a Naval Research laboratory mission to provide measurements of the neutral and plasma environment to characterize the Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere, as well as a NASA/NOAA mission to monitor changes in solar irradiance incident at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere with a total irradiance monitor provided by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
More breaking news...
Genetic test may predict drug-induced suicide
So far, the Broomfield-based drug research and
Broomfield gives funds to resource center
Boulder-based Sundance, headed by chief executive Kim Bechthold, has entered a
Alfalfa's raising cash for store in Louisville
The money will be used to help the organization continue to offer resources, consulting