STEP 1 [TRW]
STEP 1 (Space Test Experiment Platform 1) carried instrumentation to investigate ionospheric effects on radio communications and to improve atmospheric drag models, however the first flight on the Pegasus-XL which carried it on the 27th June 1994 failed. The satellite carried a range of six 5m long deployable antennas and booms. The spacecraft was 3-axis stabilized and the mission life time was to be three years.
|Type / Application:||Experimental|
|Operator:||USAF STP (Space Test Program)|
|Contractors:||TRW, CTA → Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) (Bus)|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|STEP 1 (P90-1)||28.06.1994||Va, L-1011, RW30/12||F||Pegasus-XL|
Further STP missions: