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COOP

COOP [Microsat Systems]

COOP target objects [Microsat Systems]

COOP (Calibrated Orbiting Objects Project) is a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Program to demonstrate techniques to improve discrimination capability and reduce countermeasures susceptibility. MicroSat Systems has created an innovative and low cost core bus design to support a space based-microsatellite target system. The simulated re-entry vehicle and decoys will fly in an orbit meant to emulate threat trajectories.

MicroSat Systems is developing the core spacecraft system, for which first intended use will be a flight mission incorporating a target simulation payload that will send down encrypted truth data to validate the data acquired using the Ballistic Missile Defense system.

COOP was manifested for a launch in 2009 into a low earth orbit, but did eventually not fly. Likely the project was cancelled.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Calibration
Operator: MDA
Contractors: Microsat Systems Inc. (MSI)
Equipment: ?
Configuration: ?
Propulsion: ?
Power:
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Orbit: TBD
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
COOP - cancelled EELV (Atlas-5 or Delta-4) with ?

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