Saturday, April 19, 2008

C/NOFS is Aloft

The latest U.S. military smallsat, the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite, was launched successfully by an Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket over the Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll. The satellite, with a "wet" launch mass of 395 kg, will study ionospheric changes and help forecast likely outages in communications satellite capabilities. The satellite builder is General Dynamics (of which I spoke a bit too harshly in an earlier post, although I still think the absorption of Spectrum Astro into a megacompany was not a good thing for the smallsat world).

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