Ball Aerospace Hands Over STPSat-3 Operations to U.S. Air Force
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 10, 2014
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.
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 part of the
Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission. The spacecraft was fully
checked out and operational within 71 hours of launch, nearly three hours
ahead of schedule.
Ball designed the Standard Interface Vehicle (SIV), a common spacecraft bus
with standard payload interfaces to accelerate Department of Defense space
technology demonstrations and to ensure future U.S. space superiority.
STPSat-3 is the second SIV developed by Ball which is now part of the
company's Ball Configurable Platform (BCP) spacecraft line. Assembled in only
47 days, STPSat-3 repeatedly demonstrated its ability to add or remove
payloads even after the spacecraft bus was completed.
Roughly the size of a mini refrigerator, the satellite carries five technology
demonstration payloads and a de-orbit module for the Department of Defense,
NASA and NOAA.
"We designed the SIV architecture to reduce the cost and time required to
access space while maximizing the opportunities for suitable payloads," said
Dave Kaufman, vice president and general manager of Ball's National Defense
business unit. "STPSat-3's predecessor, STPSat-2, just passed its three-year
anniversary on orbit and has proven the robustness of the SIV design."
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.
Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging
solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as
aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S.
government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 15,000 people
worldwide and reported 2012 sales of more than $8.7 billion. For more
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