From: National Reconnaissance Office
Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2000
The National Reconnaissance Office's Space Technology Experiment Satellite, known as STEX, successfully tested over two dozen advanced technology subsystems for satellite before being turned off in early June.
The STEX satellite was launched from a Taurus rocket in October 1998 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. It successfully tested 28 advanced technologies that offer potential for future satellite systems to operate more effectively and cost less.
Some of the advanced technology subsystems successfully tested on STEX include:
The STEX spacecraft was turned off in early June due to degradation of its conventional solar arrays.
"STEX provided a number of valuable lessons to the space community," said Capt. Trey Spetch, the STEX program director for the NRO. "Future NRO, civil and commercial spacecraft will use many of the systems tested on STEX. And they'll do so with confidence that those systems will work because of what we learned from the STEX mission."
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