Full Name Tactical Satellite-1 Status Cancelled
Mission Agencies DoD (USA) Launch Date 01 Sep 2007
Mission Links EOL Date 01 Aug 2007
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Orbit Type Orbit Period
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 64 deg
Orbit Altitude 500 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The overall objectives of TacSat-1 are to demonstrate the following capabilities: Machine-to-machine collaboration between air and space units for geo-location. Tactical control of payload and dissemination of data through the SIPRNet (Secure Internet Protocol Router Network), a classified network of DoD. The SIPRNet was broadly deployed in parallel with the Internet, and it continues to expand. Specific sensor discrimination capability, to identify and capture information from items on the battlefield emitting measurable electronic signals. In particular, the S/C is to locate ships with an instrument that listens for radio signals and then takes pictures with a camera. SIPRNet tasking and data dissemination of an Infrared Camera utilizing a new thermal imager (non-cryogenically cooled microbolometer FPA), thereby significantly reducing complexity (size, weight and power). SIPRNet tasking and data dissemination of a Visible Camera primarily to provide modest resolution but intuitive pictures for collective collaboration by an expanded user base.
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