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TacSat-2/Minotaur Mission December 11, 2006. All Hands Briefing November 16, 2006. Wallops Orbital Launch History. Worldwide: 20 Scout missions (Wallops) 9 Pegasus (1 mobile from Canary Islands) 1 Conestoga (Wallops) 1 Athena (mobile from Kodiak, AK)

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TacSat-2/Minotaur Mission

December 11, 2006

All Hands Briefing

November 16, 2006


Wallops orbital launch history
Wallops Orbital Launch History

  • Worldwide:

    • 20 Scout missions (Wallops)

    • 9 Pegasus (1 mobile from Canary

    • Islands)

    • 1 Conestoga (Wallops)

    • 1 Athena (mobile from Kodiak, AK)

  • Two most recent orbital ground launches from Wallops Island:

    • Oct 1995 Conestoga

    • Dec 1985 Scout-G

  • The first launch involving the Mid-Atlantic Regional Space Port (MARS) and their Pad 0B


The minotaur rocket
The Minotaur Rocket

  • 4 Rocket motor stages

    • 2 refurbished Minuteman II stages

    • 2 commercial Orbital Sciences Corp. stages

  • 69 feet tall vehicle

  • 5 feet wide

  • 5 previous Minotaur launches were from Vandenberg AFB

  • 450 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) were in service: highly reliable

Minuteman launch from silo

Minuteman in silo





Tacsat 2 spacecraft
TacSat-2 Spacecraft 2005

  • Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (Albuquerque, NM) – 814 pounds

  • Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration:

    1. Rapid Design, Build, Test with a launch-ready spacecraft within 15 months

    2. Responsive Launch, Checkout, Operations to include launch within one week of a callup

    3. Militarily Significant Capability includes images sent directly to the theater


Tacsat 2 inertial stellar compass
TacSat-2 Inertial Stellar Compass 2005

  • Draper Laboratory’s miniaturized star camera and gyro system enables a spacecraft to continuously determine its attitude or the direction in which it is pointing.

  • Funded by NASA's New Millennium Program


Genesat 1 secondary spacecraft
GeneSat-1 Secondary Spacecraft 2005

  • NASA Ames Research Center experiment (10 pounds)

  • Fully automated, miniature spaceflight system provides life support for small living things

  • Looks for genetic changes in bacteria during spaceflight.

  • Knowledge may contribute to safe, long-duration space missions by humans









Coquina
Coquina 2005


Antigua
Antigua 2005


Cleared hazard areas
Cleared Hazard Areas 2005

Nominal flight path



Wallops uses a flight termination system to protect the public
Wallops uses a Flight Termination System to protect the public

  • If the rocket is going outside the cleared hazard areas it will be destroyed.

    • Multiple data sources (electronic and visual) provide data to the NASA Range Safety Officer to make the decision

  • Small explosive charges on each stage break up the rocket and the debris falls in the cleared hazard areas.


Flight Termination System public

Observers

Radar & TelemetryTracking

Minotaur I

Command Transmitter

Range Control Center

If the flight limits are violated, The Range Safety Officer will destroy the rocket.


Launch day
Launch Day public

  • Launch Window: 7 AM - 10 AM; like any launch, the launch date could slip. Launch days are Dec. 11 – 20.

  • 10-minute trajectory from launch to orbital insertion

  • Viewing – NASA has no official viewing site; however, we recommend:

    • Visitor Center for NASA Families

    • Assateague Island open to the public at 6 a.m. (Southern end of Assateague Island will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians)


Keeping track of the mission
Keeping Track of the Mission public

  • Before launch

    • Launch Status Line (757-824-2050)

    • www.wff.nasa.gov

  • Day of launch countdown status – There are several ways to keep track of the countdown on launch day

    • 760 AM (range of 5 to 10 miles from Visitor Center)

    • www.wff.nasa.gov (running status of count)

    • Local radio stations will provide updates (WESR, WVES, WCTG – thus far)


What s next
What’s Next? public

  • April 2007: Near Field InfraRed Experiment (NFIRE) - (Minotaur I)

  • October 2007: TacSat-3 (Minotaur I)


Darpa falcon
DARPA/Falcon public

  • AirLaunch QuickReach

    • Approaching flight-demonstration decision

    • If confirmed, 1st flight from WFF in 2008

    • Orbital rocket deployed from C-17

  • SpaceX Falcon

    • 1st flight failure in early 2006, from Kwajalein

    • 2nd flight scheduled in December

    • Spacecraft is WFF-built technology, Demo2

      • Autonomous Flight Safety System

      • Low-Cost TDRSS Transmitter

  • Hypersonic Test Vehicle

    • Flight Test 3 & 4 scheduled from WFF

    • Probably launched on a Minotaur 1 in 2008


Nasa exploration
NASA Exploration public

  • WFF Mobile Range likely to provide the reentry tracking & data services for CEV return from orbit

  • WFF to manufacture components of the Low-Impact Docking System

  • WFF partnering with LaRC to demonstrate inflatable aeroshells as decelerators for atmospheric reentry

  • WFF may serve as launch site for high altitude CEV abort testing mission in 2012

  • Lunar missions carrying landers and orbiting communications satellites may be launched on Minotaur V vehicles launched from WFF


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