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MSTI 3 (Miniature Sensor Technology Integration 3) is the third satellite developed by the MSTI (Miniature Sensor Technology Integration) Program within the US Air Force.

The satellite carries three sensors:

  • a medium wavelength infrared (MWIR) camera,
  • a short wavelength infrared (SWIR) camera, and
  • a visible imaging spectrometer.

Its primary mission, to last for one year, is intended to gather extensive background clutter statistics at medium wavelengths in the infrared at sufficient resolution to resolve whether tracking theater ballistic missiles (TBMs) in the coast phase against a warm earth background is achievable. The visible imaging spectrometer will gather environmental data of similar quality to the Land-Remote Sensing Satellite to support environmental and ecological studies.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research
Operator: US Air Force (USAF) (ex BMDO ex SDIO)
Contractors: Spectrum Astro
Equipment: see above
Configuration: SA-200S
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 1 year (reentered after 18 months fully functional)
Mass: 211 kg
Orbit: 420 km × 432 km, 97.1
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MSTI 3 1996-031A 17.05.1996 Va, L-1011 Pegasus-H


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