STEP 2 [TRW]
STEP 2 (Space Test Experiment Platform 2) was an experimental satellite launched for the Space Test Program (STP).
It was a US Air Force satellite that met the need for a standardized space platform specifically tailored to host Space Test Program experiments. These advanced research and development experiments were generally small, relatively fast-turnaround, and best suited to modestly sized vehicles. While STEP was capable of carrying multiple experiments, this mission carried just one - the SIDEX (Signal Identification Experiment). The experiment, in keeping with Space Test Program objectives to deinge the military role in space research, evaluated a number of specific signal detection and modulation methods.
STEP 2 did not achieve the planned orbit though it still provided useful data.
|Type / Application:||Experimental|
|Operator:||US Air Force (USAF) STP (Space Test Program)|
|Contractors:||TRW, CTA → Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) (Bus)|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||834 km × 606 km, 81.9° (830 km × 830 km planned)|
|STEP 2 (SIDEX, P91-2)||1994-029A||19.05.1994||Ed, B-52, RW04/22||P||Pegasus HAPS|
Further STP missions: