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An overview of the revised feed assemply. The black coax cables and ARR preamp are for a future project and are not in use.
Close-up of the new Helix feed designed by CNS Systems, Inc. in its weatherproof housing and the bias-T that feeds power to the receive preamplifier. Close-up of the new Helix feed, designed by CNS Systems, Inc. in its weatherproof housing and the bias-T that feeds power to the receive preamplifier.
Close-up of the Miteq AMF-3F-02200230-04-13P 43dB gain, 0.4 dB NF receive preamplifier.
We moved the receive preamp to mount directly on the diplexer to eliminate about 1/2 db loss in cable and connectors before the preamp.
- AV-013 (SPT-1) Launch
March 8, 2007. Air Force's Space Test Program-1 mission. AV-013 (SPT-1) Launch; March 8, 2007. Air Force's Space Test Program-1 mission; Orbital Express in-space refueling demonstration mission consisting of the Autonomous Space Transfer and Robotic Orbiter, or ASTRO, prototype servicing satellite and the NextSat serviceable spacecraft. Atlas deployed four auxiliary satellites from the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter, or ESPA ring, including MidSTAR 1, FalconSat 3, STPSat 1 and CFESat. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. ©2007 United Launch Alliance, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Posted with permission.
Ed Criscuolo, Rick Hambly and Phil Quesinberry toast the sucess of the mission.
Keith Hogie presents rick Hambly with a glass of champaign.
Keith Hogie presents Ed Criscuolo with the first glass of champaign.
The mission is a success! Keith Hogie pours the first champaign.
The team is paying close attention, listening for MidSTAR-1 on its first few orbits.
Everyone is smiling as the mission is looking good.
We had a TV camera on the roof to monitor the dish antenna. It is night so it is hard to see.
The team is paying close attention to the receiving equipment, listening for the first signs of life from MidSTAR-1.
Keith Hogie of CSC (Ground Station software).
The MidSTAR command and data handling computer is a Linux computer.