FAME (MIDEX 4) [NASA]
FAME (Full-sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer) was a space astrometry mission that was to measure the positions, proper motions, parallaxes, and photometry of 40,000,000 stars brighter than V=15th magnitude to between 50 and 500 microarcseconds accuracy, depending on the magnitude.
It was selected as a MIDEX Explorer mission by NASA, but NASA cancelled its support for this mission due to doubts, if the goals could be reached. After NASA's withdrawal, the U.S. Naval Observatory and USAF Space Text program (STP) continued the development, but cancelled the project later.
|Type / Application:||Astrometry|
|Operator:||U.S. Naval Observatory, USAF STP (Space Test Program)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|FAME (S00-5, MIDEX 4)||-||cancelled||CC SLC-17||Delta-7425-10C|