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Air Force contract will simulate space environment

Air Force contract will simulate space environment

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:21 pm

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — The Air Force has picked a California company to develop a “realistic space environment” for the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies to test space hardware at Arnold Air Force Base, which is located between Nashville and Chattanooga. The Air Force awarded a $26.1 million contract to ATK Mission Research of Santa Barbara, Calif., to produce the Space Threat Assessment Testbed, or STAT, ground test capability. Project director Lance Baxter said Monday that the project involves “trying to trick a satellite into thinking it is in space and being attacked.” Baxter said the testing will include “attacks from lasers and radio frequency jamming.” The project is to be completed in 54 months. Arnold Engineering Development Center Commander Col. Art Huber said the project will be used to test space hardware for the Department of Defense, the National Reconnaissance Office and other agencies against “man-made threats and other naturally occurring environmental phenomena.” Published in The Messenger 10.28.08

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