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MSTI 3 is the third satellite developed by the MSTI (Miniature Sensor Technology Integration) Program within the US Air Force. The satellite carries three sensors: a medium wavelength infrared (MWIR) camera, a short wavelength infrared (SWIR) camera, and a visible imaging spectrometer. It's primary mission, to last for one year, is intended to gather extensive background clutter statistics at medium wavelengths in the infrared at sufficient resolution to resolve whether tracking theater ballistic missiles (TBMs) in the coast phase against a warm earth background is achievable. The visible imaging spectrometer will gather environmental data of similar quality to the Land-Remote Sensing Satellite to support environmental and ecological studies.

Alternate Names

  • 23868
  • Miniature Sensor Technology Integration 3
  • MSTI3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1996-05-17
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 175 kg

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)


  • Surveillance and Other Military
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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