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Ball Aerospace Integrates Four Payloads into DoD Spacecraft; David Taylor Comments

David Taylor
David Taylor

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp has integrated four new payloads and a spacecraft de-orbit module into the STPSat-3, according to a company statement.   

“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.

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