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Space Technology Research Vehicle (STRV)-2 program
Author(s): James Shoemaker; Paul Brooks; Eric J. Korevaar; Graham S. Arnold; Alok Das; John Stubstad; R. Gary Hay
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Paper Abstract

The STRV-2 program is the second in a series of three collaborative flight test programs between the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the United Kingdom (UK) Minstry of Defence (MoD). The STRV-2 Experiment Module contains five major experiments to provide proof-of-concept data on system design, data on the mid-earth orbit (MEO) space environment, and data on durability of materials and components operating in the MEO environment. The UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) has provided a mid- wavelength infrared (MWIF) imager to evaluate passive detection of aircraft from space. BMDO, in conjunction with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), have provided experiments to evaluate use of adaptive structures for vibration suppression, to investigate the use of high bandwidth laser communications to transmit data from space to ground or airborne receivers, to study the durability of materials and components in the MEO space environment, and to measure radiation and micrometeoroid/debris fluence. These experiments are mounted on all- composite structure. This structure provides a significant reduction in weight and cost over comparable aluminum designs while maintaining the high stiffness required by optical payloads. In 1994, STRV-2 was manifested for launch by the DOD Space Test Program. STRV-2, the primary payload on the Tri-Service eXperiment (TSX)-5 spacecraft, was successfully launched on 7 June 2000 on a Pegasus XL from Vandenbery AFB, CA. The STRV-2 program, like the companion STRV-1 program, validates the viability of multi-national, multi-agency collaborations to provide cost effective acquisition of space test data. The experimental data to be obtained will reduce future satellite risk and provide guidelines for further system development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4136, Small Payloads in Space, (7 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406655
Show Author Affiliations
James Shoemaker, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (United States)
Paul Brooks, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Farnborough (United Kingdom)
Eric J. Korevaar, Astro Terra Corp. (United States)
Graham S. Arnold, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Alok Das, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John Stubstad, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (United States)
R. Gary Hay, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4136:
Small Payloads in Space
Brian J. Horais; Robert J. Twiggs, Editor(s)

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