Accession Number:

ADA517554

Title:

The Target Indicator Experiment on TacSat-2

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA

Report Date:

2008-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

The Navys Target Indicator Experiment TIE payload is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL-developed TacSat-2 spacecraft, which is the second in a series of Operationally Responsive Space ORS satellites built to experiment with making space-based assets more responsive to the needs of tactical forces. TacSat-2 was launched on 16 December 2006 from NASAs Wallops Flight Facility on a Minotaur 1 launch vehicle. The spacecraft was placed into a 420 km orbit at an inclination of 40 degrees. The NRL TIE payload is designed to perform real-time collection of RF signals from 0.5 to 18.0 GHz using an adaptation of an unmanned air vehicle payload. The TIE payload is also capable of collecting the Automatic Identification System AIS signal now required on large ships for maritime safety and security.

Subject Categories:

  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE