DoD Space Projects Will Receive The Ball Boost With STPSat-2.

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 planned for the second quarter of 2010 on a Minotaur IV rocket from Alaskaís Kodiak Launch Complex.

The pre-shipment review was completed on September 17, following assembly and performance testing of the standard vehicle and standard payload interface which is created to accelerate the DoDís space technology efforts. The testing also included functional and environmental testing of the STPSat-2 payload suite, which is comprised of the Air Force Research Laboratoryís Space Phenomenology Experiment and ONRís Ocean Data Telemetry Microsat Link.

STP-SIV is capable of supporting a variety of experimental and risk reduction payloads and multiple launch vehicles. Using flight-proven hardware for the spacecraft (and developmental hardware only on the experimental payloads), each bus can accommodate as many as four independent payloads, each one having its own separate power and data interface. Ball Aerospace has already begun production on the second STP-SIV, designated STPSat-3, following a contract award from the Air Force Space Development & Test Wing Space Development Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this year.