The space shuttle Endeavour will carry two Air Force Research Lab experiments to the International Space Station during its final mission that is scheduled to start Friday with liftoff from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. The Endeavour’s crew will transfer these payloads—the Massive Heat Transfer Experiment and VADER—to the space station with the shuttle’s robotic arm. Both experiments will collect data to help engineers develop the next generation of thermal control technology for spacecraft. “Of all the space missions I have participated in, this one is special since it involves the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour,” said Andy Williams, thermal systems lead in AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Endeavor will also bring the Air Force Academy’s Canary experiment and the Naval Research Laboratory’s Digital Imaging Star Camera to ISS. Canary will explore space environmental phenomena. (Kirtland release)
July 1, 2022
The recent Russian invasion of Ukraine is highlighting new use-cases for ISR as well as the advantages of integrating a hybrid approach—multiple types of ISR imaging satellites—to capture a fuller picture of developing threats.