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WFOV [Boeing]

The WFOV (Wide-field of View) testbed is an experimental early warning satellite sponsored by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and managed by NASA's Ames Research Center.

The mission is to evaluate a new Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) 6-degree staring sensor. Originally this was to be a hosted payload on a commercial geostationary comsat, but was redesigned as a free-flyer.

The mid-sized geosynchronous spacecraft based on Millenniumís Aquila-M8 platform series will host an Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) 6-degree staring sensor called Wide-Area Six-Degree Payload (WASP) being developed by L3 Harris under a separate contract. This demonstration will provide critical risk reduction for Air Force Space Commandís next generation missile warning system.

The spacecraft will include the AMSAT P4B (Phase 4B) hosted amateur payload consisting of a Software Defined Radio designed and built by Rincon Research Corporation using support equipment and antennas designed by Virginia Tech and other volunteers to this effort.

The satellite will be launched together with a propulsive ESPA hosting more smaller payloads in 2021 on the USSF-12 (formerly known as AFSPC-12) mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Early Warning
Operator: Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
Contractors: Millennium Space Systems (bus); L-3 Communications → L3 Harris (sensor)
Equipment: WASP sensor, SDR amateur payload
Configuration: Aquila-M8 bus
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3-5 years
Mass: < 1000 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
WFOV (USSF 12, AFSPC 12, AMSAT P4B) - 2021 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(551)Ļ with (propulsive ESPA)