This opportunity is under evaluation as of Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET.
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking to prototype a spacecraft to demonstrate the use of currently developed technology for new Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO, 150-300 km) missions in support of the Precise space flight experiment. Precise was selected as a new AFRL space flight experiment in July 2020, with an anticipated launch no earlier than 2024.
The Precise experiment builds on more than 50 years of AFRL investigation into the physics of the upper atmosphere. It will examine ionization processes in the ionosphere, the ionized gas region between 90 and 600 km altitude, which impacts radio propagation used by warfighters for communications and navigation.
The spacecraft should be compatible with launch and deployment from an ESPA ring IAW Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter Rideshare Users Guide (ESPA RUG).