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NSTP-Sat (bus without payload) [NASA]

NSTP-Sat (NASA Science/Technology Platform Satellite) is a proposed NASA mission based on a donated satellite bus, likely from NRO's Quasar (SDS-2) relay satellite program.

The donated spacecraft is a Hughes (Boeing) built spin stabilized bus, apparently without the original relay payload.

NASA is currently solicits ideas for payloads, including remote sensing instruments and technology demonstrations. The NSTP-Sat could be used for missions to low earth orbit, geostationary equatorial orbit, medium Earth orbit, Earth-Moon L1, or lunar orbit in the 2021 timeframe.

The satellite could be launched on Atlas-5, Falcon-9 or SLS missions.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: TBD
Operator: NASA
Contractors: Hughes
Equipment: ?
Configuration: HS-386 ?
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells (body mounted and drop-skirt), batteries
Lifetime: 8 years
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NSTP-Sat (ex Quasar x (SDS-2 6)) - 20xx


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