Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
Office of External Affairs
(703) 695-8743

JUNE 7, 2000

STRV-2 Launch Is Success

     The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) announced today that its Space Technology Research Vehicle-2 (STRV-2) was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:29 a.m., Pacific Time. Preliminary data from the spacecraft indicate that STRV-2 is in the planned orbit and fully operational.

     STRV-2 is the primary payload on the Air Force Space Test Program’s TSX-5 satellite. The TSX-5 satellite was launched by the Orbital Sciences Corporation on their Pegasus Launch Vehicle. STRV-2 contains a suite of advanced technology experiments developed by BMDO in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. These experiments include high bandwidth laser communication system, an active vibration suppression system, space radiation effects and micrometeoroid sensors, a low-cost composite space structure, and an infrared sensor experiment.

     For more information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Canaff, BMDO External Affairs, at 703-695-8743.