Ball Aerospace & Technologies and NASA will fly a set of experimental Defense Department scientific payloads on the planned Green Propellant Infusion Mission for 2016 under a $3.4 million payload integration contract.
The company said Wednesday the DoD Space Experiments Review Board selected the Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer Reflight, Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer and Space Object Self-tracker payloads to be part of the GPIM technology demonstration mission.
Ball Aerospace said the GPIM spacecraft will carry the SERB payloads alongside the primary GPIM payload that Aerojet Rocketdyne is currently developing.
A STPSat-3 spacecraft that launched in 2013 flew two of the SERB payloads, Ball Aerospace said.
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate manages GPIM, with Ball Aerospace as the prime contractor and principal investigator.
The program’s team also includes Aerojet Rocketdyne, Air Force Research Laboratory, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Kennedy Space Center.