A satellite Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. built for the Defense Department launched from Wallops Island, Va. Thursday for a mission to execute a rapid call-up.
The STPSat-3 flew aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I rocket to support the Operational Responsive Space-3 or Enabler Mission, the company announced Tuesday.
“Standard interfaces allowed rapid satellite integration and test, and for the spacecraft bus to be built in 47 days independently of the payloads,” said Rob Strain, Ball Aerospace president.
“In less than a year, STPSat-3 was an integrated, fully-tested and ready-to-ship satellite with five payloads and a de-orbit module,” Strain added.
STPSat-3 also hosts an instrument for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA to calibrate the sun’s total energy input to the Earth while tracking Earth’s atmosphere and weather patterns.