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TAOS drawing.gif
Operator AFRL
Major contractors Orbital Sciences
Bus LEOStar
Mission type Technology demonstrator
Launch date March 13, 1994
Launch vehicle Taurus
Launch site Vandenberg AFB
COSPAR ID 1994-017A
Mass 502 kg

Technology for Autonomous Operational Survivability (also known as TAOS and STEP 0) was a satellite developed by the US Air Force's Phillips Laboratory (now part of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate) to test technology for autonomous operation of spacecraft.[1][2]

The TAOS mission was operated by heritage Space Test and Development Wing and the 1st Space Operations Squadron.[3]


  1. ^ "Technology for Autonomous Operational Survivability". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia Astronautica: TAOS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Schriever AFB Public Affairs: 1st Space Operations Squadron Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-04-14.