New Millennium Program

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New Millennium Program (NMP) was a NASA project with focus on engineering validation of new technologies for space applications. Funding for the program was eliminated from the FY2009 budget by the 110th United States Congress, effectively leading to its cancellation.[1]

The spacecraft in the New Millennium Program were originally named "Deep Space" (for missions demonstrating technology for planetary missions) and "Earth Observing" (for missions demonstrating technology for Earth orbiting missions). With a refocussing of the program in 2000, the Deep Space series was renamed "Space Technology".

NMP missions[edit]

Earth Observing-1 captured this view of a volcano

Missions Flown[edit]

  • Space Technology 5 – a cluster of three satellites investigating the Earth's magnetosphere (launched 2006)
  • Space Technology 6 – Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment (autonomy) aboard Earth Observing 1 (see above); Inertial Stellar Compass (navigation) (launched)

Cancelled Missions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Shiga (5 February 2008). "NASA calls for ambitious outer solar system mission". New Scientist. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ "NASA’s Earth Observing Technology Satellite Proves a Success" (Press release). Goddard Space Flight Center. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  3. ^ H. Abakians, et al., "NASA's New Millennium ST-8 Project" abstract
  4. ^ "Orbital Selected To Build And Launch NASA’s New Millennium Space Technology 8 Satellite". Space Race News (The Space Fellowship). 4 December 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 

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