STP-3 mission to fly Space Force's first LDPE ring

By Courtney Albon / December 3, 2021 at 6:46 PM
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in the STP-3 launch date.) A Space Force mission set to launch early Tuesday morning will include a new Long-Duration Propulsive ESPA ring the service is using to carry prototype payloads that, in some cases, could augment operational capabilities. The Space Test Program-3 launch’s primary mission is STPSat-6, which includes nine payloads for various partners, including NASA, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Defense Department’s Space Experiment...

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