ANDE-2 microsats to fly on STS-127

From: Allen Thomson (
Date: Tue May 12 2009 - 11:56:45 UTC

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    Perhaps an opportunity for optical, NAVSPASUR and GRAVES observers:
    NRL's ANDE-2 to launch aboard STS-127
    The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a satellite suite, the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment 2 (ANDE-2), scheduled for launch aboard NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour in June 2009. The ANDE-2 satellite suite consists of two nearly perfectly spherical micro-satellites with instrumentation to perform two interrelated mission objectives. The first objective is to monitor the total atmospheric density along the orbit for improved orbit determination of resident space objects. The second is to provide a test object for both radar and optical U.S. Space Surveillance Network sensors.
    # This experiment consists of two microsatellites, called Mock ANDE Active (MAA) spacecraft and the Fence Calibration (FCal) spacecraft, that are launched from the Space Shuttle cargo bay.
    # These spherical satellites are about 18 inches in diameter and will be tracked by the Satellite Laser Ranging systems and the Space Surveillance Network.
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