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STP-2 Mission Activations and Presentations

Jun 22, 2019 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

On June 22, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests are invited to learn how teams at NASA are working to improve future space flights. Through onsite activation stations and presentations, hear about new discoveries and improvements directly from representatives from NASA, Ball Aerospace, Space Environment Testbeds (SET) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each of these projects are launching aboard the upcoming SpaceX Falcon Heavy STP-2 mission.


Visit each organization’s station in NASA Central (outside Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted) to see what projects they are working on and engage in some educational and fun activities. Plus, see a model of the Green Propellant Infusion Mission spacecraft. The following four organizations will be on site all day from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM:

  • Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC)
  • The Space Tech Timekeeper for Navigating the Solar System
    • Key Message: NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock is a technology demonstration with the potential to change the way we navigate in space. It is a new kind of atomic clock that could make spacecraft more autonomous, providing a new way for spacecraft to conduct precise navigation onboard instead of waiting for the trajectory information from Earth.
    • NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Partners: General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, U.S. Air Force
    • Learn More
  • Space Environment Testbeds (SET)
  • Supporting Satellite Safety in Space
    • Key Message: The Space Environment Testbeds mission studies how to protect satellites in space. SET characterizes the space environment near Earth and how it affects hardware performance for missions in orbit. Such information can be used to improve spacecraft design, engineering and operations in order to protect spacecraft from harmful radiation driven by the sun.
    • NASA Center: Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Partners: Air Force Research Lab
    • Learn More
  • Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM)
  • Fueling the Future with Green Propellant
    • Key Message: For decades, NASA has relied on highly toxic propellant. GPIM lays the foundation to replace it with a safer and more efficient alternative for the next generation of launch vehicles and spacecraft. This is NASA’s first attempt to demonstrate a new “green” propellant and propulsion system in orbit.
    • NASA Center: Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Kennedy Space Center
    • Partners: Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Air Force Research Lab, U.S. Air Force
    • Learn More
  • COSMIC-2 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • Key Message: The Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate-2, or COSMIC-2, is a network of microsatellites that help provide a continuous source of data about Earth’s atmosphere. Data includes information on atmospheric temperature, pressure, density and water vapor.
    • Partners: U.S. Air Force, Taiwan’s National Space Organization, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
    • Learn More


There will also be two presentations in Journey to Mars, one at 11:00 AM and one at 3:00 PM. Hear from representatives from each organization as they provide insider information on their projects. Chris McLean from Ball Aerospace, Todd Ely and Jill Seubert from NASA, Elsayed Talaat from NOAA and Alan Zide from SET will be on site, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions after each presentation.

These presentations and activation stations are available with daily admission or an annual pass.


STP-2 Mission Activations and Presentations


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