GLOMR (Global Low Orbiting Message Relay), was a DARPA mission designed to demonstrate the ability to read out, store, and forward data from remote ground-based sensors.
The spacecraft was built by Defense Systems Inc. (DSI) and Riockwell and conssited of a small, 62-sided polyhedron without stabilisation. Design included redundant transmitters, receivers, batteries, and battery charge control systems. It had two CMOS microprocessors - one for communications control, the other for scheduling, mass memory, housekeeping, and mission control, telemetry, and command functions.
The satellite was first scheduled for deployment from Shuttle mission STS-51B, but a battery problem forced a return to Earth for repair. Reflown and deployed from Shuttle mission STS-61A, the vehicle finally re-entered after 14 months. The total price was less than 1 million dollars.
An improved version was launched as SECS (TERCEL).
|Type / Application:||Experimental communication|
|Operator:||DARPA, USAF STP (Space Test Program)|
|Configuration:||GLOMR Bus (62-sided polyhedron, unstabilized, body mounted solar cells)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||317 km × 332 km, 57.0°|
|GLOMR (1) (S85-6)||N/A||29.04.1985||CCK LC-39A||ND||Shuttle||with Challenger F7 (STS 51-B), Nusat / not deployed|
|GLOMR 1 (S85-6)||1985-104B||30.10.1985||CCK LC-39A||Shuttle||with Challenger F9 (STS 61-A)|
Further STP missions: