NASA Ready for Alaskan Satellite Launch

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 11 (UPI) — The U.S. space agency says it has successfully completed a pre-shipment review of its “Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite.”

The spacecraft, nicknamed FASTSAT, is a small microsatellite that will carry six experimental payloads into low-Earth orbit. The pre-shipment review demonstrated the flight hardware is ready for transport to its Kodiak, Alaska, launch site. The satellite is to lift off no earlier than Sept. 1, NASA said.

One of the experiments aboard the satellite will demonstrate deployment of a compact solar sail boom system that might lead to further development of such alternate propulsion technology. The satellite will also demonstrate the ability of a microsatellite to eject a nanosatellite.

FASTSAT’s operations will be managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.

Categorized | Other, Solar
Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.