General Atomics, Rocket Lab Partnership to Launch Data Collection Tech Aboard Orbital Test Bed Satellite

General Atomics, Rocket Lab Partnership to Launch Data Collection Tech Aboard Orbital Test Bed Satellite
Argos-4

General Atomics' electromagnetic systems business has secured a contract of an undisclosed sum from the U.S. Space Force through the Hosted Payload Solutions delivery order to launch a data collection payload aboard the Orbital Test Bed satellite.

The company said Wednesday it has partnered with California-based small satellite launch service provider Rocket Lab to lift off the Argos-4 Advanced Data Collection System, a technology built to gather information from transmitters and sensors worldwide.

Nick Bucci, vice president of GA-EMS' missile defense and space systems unit, said the team will deploy the satellite to low-earth orbit using Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle.

"The flexible, modular OTB platform used for Argos-4 continues to demonstrate its versatility both in terms of payload integration and launch vehicle integration and compliance, enabling a cost-efficient solution to meet a wide variety of requirements," he commented.

The team plans to carry out the launch between late 2021 and early 2022.

According to General Atomics, the Argos-4 mission is a part of NOAA's Cooperative Data and Rescue Services effort.

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