Ball Aerospace Space Test Satellite Arrives at Flight Facility; Rob Strain Comments

BallAerospaceLogoBall Aerospace & Technologies Corp.-built satellite has arrived at flight facility in Wallops Island, Va. that is intended for a U.S. Air Force space test mission.

The Space Test Program Satellite-3 traveled at the Wallops Flight Facility aboard a Minotaur I carrier and is scheduled for launch on Nov. 4, Ball Aerospace said Friday.

Rob Strain, Ball Aerospace president, said the STPSat-3 is meant to carry five payloads and a de-orbit module to demonstrate the Standard Interface Vehicle spacecraft.

STPSat-3′s bus contains payload interfaces for integrated miniaturized electrostatic analyzer reflight, joint component research, strip sensor unit, small wind and temperature spectrometer and a total solar irradiance calibration transfer experiment.

This satellite is Ball Aerospace’s second spacecraft for the Defense Department’s STP-SIV program and is intended for the Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-3 enabler mission to test response spacecraft technologies.

The Air Force plans to launch the STPSat-3 along with several CubeSats.

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