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2014-03-05 07:37:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just as you might keep a spare tire in your car, or a spare filter for your air conditions, NASA keeps spares as well. These "spare" flight hardware units allow NASA to continue work without interruption in the event that something goes down for repair. These spare parts are kept even after the project ends, sometimes finding second lives in new areas. A sophisticated piece of flight hardware, called a Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS),...

2014-01-10 08:20:16

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. announced today that operational control of the Space Test Program Satellite-3 (STPSat-3) has been handed over to the U.S. Air Force as the spacecraft begins its technology demonstration mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/LA39163LOGO) The Ball-built STPSat-3 launched from Wallops Flight Center in Virginia on November 19, 2013 aboard a Minotaur I, along with 28 CubeSats as...

2011-10-14 11:40:31

NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the U.S. Air Force signed an agreement this week to establish clear criteria for certification of commercial providers of launch vehicles used for national security space and civil space missions. The U.S. government is committed to procuring commercial launch services for its satellite and robotic missions, including Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, or EELV, launches. The new entrant launch vehicle certification strategy is the latest...

2011-01-10 10:30:00

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced that the satellite command and control system - the Multi-Mission Satellite Operations Center Ground System Architecture- recently went operational with the successful launch of the multi-payload experimental Space Test Program STP-S26 mission, STPSat-2. The architecture was developed by Lockheed Martin and the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center Space Development and Test Directorate. In...

2010-11-19 21:50:00

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The STPSat-2 satellite, built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the U.S. Air Force STP-S26 launch, lifted off successfully from the Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, at 4:25 p.m. local time (6:25 MST) on board a Minotaur IV rocket. STPSat-2 is the first spacecraft for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle (STP-SIV) program managed by the Space Development and Test Directorate at Kirtland Air...

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