January-March 1996, Volume 17, Number 1


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Midcourse Space Experiment: Overview

   Midcourse Space Experiment: Guest Editor's Introduction
   M. R. Peterson

   The MSX Mission Objectives
   J. D. Mill and B. D. Guilmain

   MSX Design Parameters Driven by Targets and Backgrounds
   A. T. Stair, Jr.

   MSX - A Multiuse Space Experiment
   L. J. Paxton, C.-I. Meng, D. E. Anderson, and G. J. Romick

   Keeping the MSX on Track
   C. T. Pardoe

   The MSX Spacecraft System Design
   R. K. Huebschman

   The MSX Thermal Design
   J. A. Krein and D. S. Mehoke

   Structural Design of the MSX Spacecraft
   W. E. Skullney, H. M. Kreitz, Jr., M. J. Harold, S. R. Vernon, T. M. Betenbaugh, T. J. Hartka, D. F. Persons, and E. D. Schaefer

   The MSX Spacecraft Power Subsystem
   P. E. Panneton and J. E. Jenkins

   Contamination Control for the MSX: An Overview
   J. H. Cranmer, J. T. Sanders, Jr., J. C. Lesho, and O. M. Uy

   The MSX Flight Operations System
   R. D. Nordeen, V. B. Barnes, A. C. Good, and R. J. Harvey    

Special Topic

   Air Force Programs at APL
   P. F. Bythrow    


   Publications, Presentations, and Colloquia

The cover: The Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) Observatory is a Ballistic Missile Defense Organization project that offers major benefits for both the defense and civilian sectors. With a solid heritage in the successful Delta series, MSX represents the first system demonstration in space of technology to identify and track ballistic missiles during their midcourse flight phase. The spacecraft features an advanced multispectral image capability to gather data on test targets and space background phenomena. MSX will aid future spacecraft design by monitoring on-orbit contamination of optical instruments. In addition, its investigation of the composition and dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere promises increased understanding of the environment. (Cover illustration by Kenneth R. Moscati.)

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