MSTI 3 [BMDO]
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:
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.
|Type / Application:||Research|
|Operator:||US Air Force (ex BMDO ex SDIO)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Lifetime:||1 year (reentered after 18 months fully functional)|
|Orbit:||420 km × 432 km, 97.1°|
|MSTI 3||1996-031A||17.05.1996||Va, L-1011||Pegasus-H|