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Traveling through time and space & Doing timey wimy stuff.

On 24th June 2019, on a New York Monday it’s the Launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy Reusable, from that NASA- Kennedy Space Center in Florida’s least than twenty year lease of that iconic Launch Complex LC 39A- Launch Complex 39A that launched the Iconic Saturn V Lunar Rocket, also the Iconic golden age STS- Space Transportation System –Space Shuttle….. Launching from that flight now is the Falcon Heavy Reusable powered by twenty seven might merlin engines..  In which previously Falcon Heavy’s side boosters for the STP-2 mission previously supported the Arabsat-6A mission in April 2019. Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters will attempt to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Falcon Heavy’s center core will attempt to land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Launching from that launch window from On 24th June 2019 2330 hours EDT Eastern Date Time is the STP two missions in which launching various mission types of satellites manifest on a DOD Department of Defense –Space Test Program towards commercial , research civilian satellites.. In which the Mission management is conducted by the Air Force Space and Missile Centre…  From a core of cube Satellites towards deployment of major ones manifest below via Space X

 

Oculus

Oculus-ASR was developed by students at the Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI through the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University NanoSatelllites Program to provide calibration opportunities for ground-based observers attempting to determine spacecraft attitude and configuration using unresolved optical imagery.

Features spectrally distinct surfaces and shape profiles that can be observed from Earth’s surface

Records attitude time history for error correction in ground-based observations

Cube Sats

E-TBEx: Measures distortion of radio signals traveling through the ionosphere using beacon tones transmitted from eight orbital locations: the six COSMIC-2 satellites and the twin E-TBEx CubeSats

Launch Environment Observer (LEO) & StangSat: Measures thermal and vibration environments during launch and demonstrates Wi-Fi data transmission between Cubesats (2 separate cubesats)

PSAT: Supports global amateur radio data relay capabilities to assist students and researchers around the world

TEPCE: Demonstrates the feasibility of using electrodynamic propulsion by deploying a 1 km electrically conductive tether, performing orbit-changing maneuvers without consuming any fuel

LightSail 2:The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded solar-sailing spacecraft propelled by the Sun

PROX ONE..

Prox-1 is a microsat developed by students at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta through the Air Force’s University Nanosat Program to demonstrate satellite close proximity operations and rendezvous.

Demonstrates small satellite close-encounter operations

Prox-1 deploys the LightSail 2 cubesat developed by the Planetary Society

NPSAT

NPSat hosts two experiments built by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to investigate space weather and support space situational awareness (SSA), including ionospheric electron density structures that cause radio scintillations impacting communications and navigation.

Monitors electron content and scintillations using radio frequency (RF) transmissions

Conducts Coherent Electromagnetic Radio Tomography (CERTO) experiment

NRL-built Langmuir probe takes in-situ measurements to improve ionospheric modeling

OTB

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems’ Orbital Test Bed (OTB) is a versatile, modular platform based on a flight-proven “hosting” model to test and qualify technologies. On STP-2, OTB hosts several payloads for technology demonstration, including the Deep Space Atomic Clock designed, built and operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on behalf of the Space Technology Mission Directorate to revolutionize how spacecraft navigate.

Flexible technology demonstration platform

Hosts a miniaturized, high-stability atomic clock that will gain or lose less than a second of error in 3 million years

Learn more about General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems and NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock.

GPIM

The Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, is a NASA mission that develops a “green” alternative to conventional spacecraft propulsion systems. With the green propellant, launch vehicle and spacecraft fuel loading will be safer, faster, and much less costly. The “shirt sleeve” operational environment GPIM offers will reduce ground processing time from weeks to days.

Demonstrates a new form of safe propulsion

Improves propulsive efficiency while reducing handling concerns

Learn more about Ball AerospaceAerojet Rocketdyne and NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

COSMIC TWO

COSMIC-2 is a partnership between NOAA, the U.S. Air Force (USAF), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), the Brazil Institute of Space Research (INPE), and the Australia Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). This six-satellite constellation will provide next-generation Global Navigational Satellite System Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) data. Radio Occultation data is collected by measuring the changes in a radio signal as it is refracted in the atmosphere, allowing temperature and moisture to be determined.

International collaboration between Taiwan (NSPO) and the United States (NOAA)

Collects atmospheric data for weather prediction and for ionosphere, climate, and gravity research

DSX

 The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicle Directorate’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft will conduct basic research on the harsh radiation environment of medium-Earth orbit (MEO). DSX will perform three primary experiments:

The Wave Particle Interaction Experiment (WPIx) will resolve critical feasibility issues for very-low frequency (VLF) wave-particle interaction.

The Space Weather Experiments (SWx) will measure and map the distributions of energetic protons, electrons and low-energy plasma in the inner magnetosphere to improve environment models for spacecraft design and operations.

The Space Environment Effects (SFx) will determine the MEO environmental effects on common electrical components, circuits and materials. This includes NASA’s Space Environment Testbeds (SET) experiments. SET will characterize how radiation driven by the Sun impacts hardware over time, paving the way for mitigating the effects of solar activity on spacecraft design and operations.

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