The Space Test Program 2, which is managed by Missile Systems Center and Air Force Space, was launched on June 24, 2019, from Kennedy Space Center which is situated in Florida. Through the present flight experiment, DoD will be able to understand about the process which governs Van Allen radiation belts as well as their influence on the components’ of spacecraft.
Through this launch scientists will be able to acknowledge about orbital regime after DSX will make an elliptical path on earths’ orbit. The mission that was conducted focuses on scientific grounds. Spacecraft which is used for the process contains graphite antennas and weather sensors which provide opportunity to conduct experiment by using radio waves which have very-low frequency. DSX also has two sets of deployable booms; the measurement of one boom is around 80 meters while the other has a total length of 16 meters.
During a previous interview Major General William Cooley said that in recent years space sector has become very important for the country. He continued by saying that through experimentation of DSX satellite scientists will know the environment in which spacecraft basically work, moreover it will also provide them an opportunity to design better satellites which will protect space assets of the country. Maj. General Cooley congratulated scientists, engineers as well as technicians who helped in designing of DSX satellite.
DSX is set to conduct several experiments in space which will include Space Weather Experiments. In this it will measure energy particle distribution as well as MEO’s plasma. This will help scientists to design better spacecraft in future. Furthermore, DSX will also conduct SFx experiments where the effect of particles in Van Allen Radiation belt on the different spacecraft materials will be determined. Moreover, DSX will also conduct Adaptive Control Experiment to analyze behavior pattern of boom antennas, this process will provide aid to scientists to design great spacecraft in future.