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2010-11-17 06:05:00

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle (STP-SIV) built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the Space Development and Test Wing of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is scheduled to launch aboard a Minotaur IV rocket as part of the STP-S26 mission from Alaska's Kodiak Launch Complex on November 19. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101117/LA03309) (Photo:...

2010-08-02 06:10:00

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has shipped the STPSat-2 satellite built for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Development and Test Wing (SDTW) to Alaska's Kodiak Launch Complex for scheduled liftoff aboard a Minotaur 4 rocket for a fall 2010 launch. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100802/LA43922) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100802/LA43922) STPSat-2 is the first spacecraft...

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2010-06-09 08:00:00

NASA has successfully completed a comprehensive pre-shipment review of the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, a small, microsatellite class spacecraft bus that will carry six experiment payloads to low-Earth orbit. The pre-shipment review was completed in May, demonstrating the flight hardware has successfully passed all environmental and performance tests and is authorized for shipment to the launch site for final integration on the Minotaur IV launch vehicle,...

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2010-03-12 08:25:40

The outer layers of Earth's atmosphere hold many secrets yet to be uncovered and three scientific instruments will fly soon on the FASTSAT-HSV01 satellite and seek to uncover them to benefit us here on Earth. Known as MINI-ME, PISA and TTI, these instruments recently passed a series of important final tests to prove their readiness for spaceflight. These instruments were conceived and built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and were integrated to the satellite and...

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2009-12-07 15:45:00

The Materials on the International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) 7, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), launched aboard STS-129 on November 16, for transport to the International Space Station. MISSE7 consists of two Passive Experiment Carriers (PEC7a and PEC7b) and three experiments mounted to the Express Pallet Assembly (ExPA). The individual experiments on MISSE7 include in situ monitoring of materials exposure, environmental monitoring including temperature,...

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2009-12-02 14:41:04

The STPSat-1, built for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP) and operated by the DoD STP for the first year then transitioned to NRL for the last 16 months, was decommissioned on October 7th after completing almost 2 ½ years of successful on-orbit operation. The satellite's two payloads, both designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), provided unique measurements of middle atmospheric hydroxyl, polar mesospheric clouds and the low...

2009-10-13 07:03:00

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed a comprehensive pre-shipment review for STPSat-2, the first spacecraft for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle (STP-SIV) program. Launch of the vehicle is scheduled for the second quarter of 2010 on a Minotaur IV rocket from Alaska's Kodiak Launch Complex. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091013/LA91264) The...

2009-09-09 14:42:00

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A rocket experiment that may shed light on the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere will be conducted Sept. 15 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE) will be conducted by the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program using a NASA four-stage Black Brant XII suborbital sounding...

2009-04-08 05:03:00

BOULDER, Colo., April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed space vehicle integration for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle (STP-SIV) program. Space vehicle integration will be followed by a series of rigorous environmental and operational tests continuing through August, 2009. Spacecraft launch is expected in February 2010. Ball Aerospace is the prime contractor for the STP-SIV program and...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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