The U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Test Program Satellite–6 space vehicle arrived at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., May 6, 2021.
STPSat-6 is the primary space vehicle on the Space Test Program – 3 mission, and was safely transported by Northrop Grumman from their facility in Dulles, Va., where STPSat-6 was built and tested. STPSat-6 is on schedule to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 23.
The arrival of STPSat-6 at ASO marks the start of final spacecraft processing. These final processing activities include launch site functional testing, fueling, and integration with the Long Duration Propulsive ESPA – 1 rideshare spacecraft and the Atlas V 551 launch vehicle.
The #LCRD payload sent and received commands and data through the @DeptofDefense's STPSat-6 for the first time! The LCRD team remotely controlled the payload from @NASAGoddard. This test is a huge step forward to integrate LCRD with the vehicle in preparation for a 2021 launch. pic.twitter.com/VlsyVa2ayg
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STPSat-6 advances warfighting capabilities by delivering operational nuclear detonation detection capabilities and demonstrating new space technologies in the areas of space domain awareness, weather, and laser communications. The Space Test Program division manages the STPSat-6 program and is responsible for coordinating the integration of nine payloads onto STPSat-6. These nine payloads include Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System – 3, the primary payload on STPSat-6 developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration, National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration payload, and seven experimental payloads manifested after being assessed and prioritized by the DoD Space Experiment Review Board.
“The arrival of STPSat-6 at ASO is a huge success for the program. The STPSat-6 team overcame many challenges to reach this milestone and have shown great resiliency and dedication. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with on this unique and challenging program,” said Col. Carlos Quinones, STP director.
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