“With a build time of 47 days for STPSat-3 and 18 days for integration, our spacecraft bus continues to demonstrate its rapid production and deployment capability,” said David Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO.
The installation also included the integration of iMESA-R (Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer Reflight, SSU (Strip Sensor Unit) and SWATS (Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer).
The last payload, the J-CORE (Joint Component Research) will be installed before the end of 2012.
NOAA Total Solar Irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment (TCTE) was the first payload to be integrated to the STPSat-3. It is a tool for assessing the impact of solar radiation on the Earth’s climate.
That payload will supply climate data before the Joint Polar Satellite System is launched in 2017.
The STPSat-3 is a standard satellite platform which supports various experimental and risk reduction payloads at low-Earth orbits.