Full Name Midcourse Space Experiment Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies DoD (USA) Launch Date 24 Apr 1996
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 01 Jul 2008
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Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 103 minutes
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 99.4 deg
Orbit Altitude 907 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The primary objectives of MSX are to detect, acquire and track targets and to discriminate lethal from nonlethal objects (detailed characterization and modeling of target objects and their associated phenomenology of the terrestrial, Earth-limb, and celestial backgrounds). The information gathered by the MSX spacecraft will help fill significant spatial, spectral, and temporal gaps that currently exist in space environment models. Another driving factor in the MSX Program is sensor and spacecraft technology improvement. The latest technology is used to provide the most up-to-date phenomenological information and to serve as a new-technology demonstrator.
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