Under a contract from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital's Space Systems Group designed and built the ACRIMSAT
satellite at the company's McLean, Virginia satellite manufacturing and testing facility.
Scientific Satellite and the Orbital-Built ACRIMSAT Satellite
About one minute later, Taurus will deploy the ACRIMSAT satellite into a similar orbit.
The five-year TSIM mission is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) ongoing Earth Science Enterprise (formerly Earth Observation System) program, for which Orbital is already building two other satellites, SOLSTICE/SAVE and ACRIMSAT
It is also part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) ongoing Earth Observation System (EOS) program, for which Orbital is already building another NASA satellite known as ACRIMSAT
Company to Build Jet Propulsion Laboratory's ACRIMSAT Satellite
In addition to the satellite and ground segment of the ACRIMSAT program, NASA is considering Orbital's Pegasus rocket to launch the satellite in 1999.