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TacSat 3 (JWS D2)

TacSat 3 (JWS D2) [Swales]

The TacSat-3 (JWS D2) is a small technology mission of the Air Force Research Laboratory. The project is funded by the DOD's Office of Force Transformation as Phase II of a four-phased approach for developing modular spacecraft buses. The bus resulting from this effort will be used on the TacSat 3 mission to support the Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer (ARTEMIS) sensor payload also being developed by AFRL. TacSat 3's main payload is a hyperspectral sensor and the satellite platform will have a standardized avionics package whose development is being managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The satellite achieves a HSI ground resolution of 4 meter, which enables it to detect and identify tactical targetsIt also features a Navy Secondary Data-X Payload for IP-Based Buoy Comms.

Swales Aerospace announced in June 2006 that it has been awarded a new Task Order under its existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with the Air Force Material Command, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VS). Under this award, Swales designed, built and tested the Operationally Responsive Space Modular Bus (ORSMB) for the TacSat 3 mission.

TacSat 3 was the prototype for the first mission in the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program, ORS 1.

Tacsat 3 was deorbited on 1. May 2012 after a nearly 3 year long successful mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology, imaging
Operator: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Contractors: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL); ATK Space Systems (ex Swales) (bus)
Equipment: ARTEMIS
Configuration: ORSMB
Power: 3 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 6 month (design); 3 years (achieved)
Mass: 400 kg
Orbit: 420 km × 449 km, 40.4
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TacSat 3 (JWS D2) 2009-028A 19.05.2009 WI LA-0B Minotaur-1 with PharmaSat 1, HawkSat 1, CP 6, AeroCube 3


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