NASA Awards Contract for New Millennium Mission

Artist concept of spacecraft Artist's concept of the Space Technology 8 spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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November 23, 2005

The next satellite in NASA's New Millennium Program will be designed, developed and built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va., under a $27 million competitively awarded contract between Orbital and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. JPL manages the New Millennium Program for NASA.

The Space Technology 8 satellite will validate four advanced technologies in space for possible use in future NASA science missions. The satellite consists of four payload experiments: a large flexible solar array; a 40-meter (131-foot) deployable boom; high radiation environment electronics; and a spacecraft thermal control device.

The satellite is based on a lightweight, multi-role spacecraft similar to others already in orbit performing communications, Earth and space science missions. It will weigh approximately 144 kilograms (385 pounds). Orbital Sciences also will provide the mission's Pegasus launch vehicle under a separate contract with NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The mission is scheduled for launch in 2009. For information about the Space Technology 8 satellite on the Web, visit: or

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

Natalie Godwin (818) 354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Erica Hupp (202) 358-1237
NASA Headquarters, Washington


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