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 satellite will be launched together with a propulsive ESPA hosting more smaller payloads in 2020 on the AFSPC-12 mission.
|Type / Application:||Early Warning|
|Operator:||Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)|
|Contractors:||Millennium Space Systems (bus); L-3 Communications (sensor)|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|WFOV (AFSPC 12)||-||2020||CC||Atlas-5(401) or Falcon-9 v1.2||with ?|