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WFOV

The WFOV (Wide-field of View) testbed is an experimental early warning satellite sponsored by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and managed by NASA's Ames Research Center.

The mission is to evaluate a new Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) 6-degree staring sensor. Originally this was to be a hosted payload on a commercial geostationary comsat, but was redesigned as a free-flyer.

The mid-sized geosynchronous spacecraft based on Millenniumís Aquila-M8 platform series will host an Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) 6-degree staring sensor being developed by L-3 Communications under a separate contract. This demonstration will provide critical risk reduction for Air Force Space Commandís next generation missile warning system.

The spacecraft will include the AMSAT P4B (Phase 4B) hosted amateur payload consisting of a Software Defined Radio designed and built by Rincon Research Corporation using support equipment and antennas designed by Virginia Tech and other volunteers to this effort.

The satellite will be launched together with a propulsive ESPA hosting more smaller payloads in 2020 on the AFSPC-12 mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Early Warning
Operator: Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Contractors: Millennium Space Systems (bus); L-3 Communications (sensor)
Equipment: OPIR sensor, SDR amateur payload
Configuration: Aquila-M8 bus
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
WFOV (AFSPC 12, AMSAT P4B) - 2020 CC Atlas-5(401) or Falcon-9 v1.2 with ?