Ball Aerospace Integrates Final Payload for STPSat-3
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 18, 2013
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has successfully integrated the fifth and final payload to fly aboard
the STPSat-3 spacecraft when it launches from Wallops Island, Virginia, in
The Joint Component Research (J-CORE) instrument is a space electronics
component payload sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and
Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC).
"Completing instrument integration is an important step to delivering on-orbit
path-finding experiments for the U.S. Air Force," said David L. Taylor,
president and CEO of Ball Aerospace. "Ball's standard interface vehicle also
increases spaceflight opportunities and lowers non-recurring spacecraft
STPSat-3 is part of the Department of Defense, Space Test Program, Standard
Interface Vehicle(STP-SIV) program, managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and
Missile Systems Center, Space Development & Test Directorate at Kirtland Air
Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The STPSat-3 bus was built in 47 days utilizing a common spacecraft and
features standard payload interfaces designed to support a variety of
experimental and risk reduction payloads at various low-Earth orbits.
The STPSat-3 is Ball's second spacecraft for the STP-SIV program. The first,
STPSat-2, was launched November 19, 2010, and continues operational support
for launched payloads. The Ball Configurable Platform-100 (BCP-100) is flight
proven for STP-SIV as well as other Ball Aerospace programs. Under contract
to NASA, Ball will next employ the BCP-100 for the technology demonstration
Green Propellant Infusion Mission.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national
agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S.
government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures
spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation
systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
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