The XSS-11, an Air Force satellite that can automatically track and orbit around other objects in space, downloads its first pictures to the public.
By Dawn StoverPosted 10.26.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
This is the first photograph taken by a microsatellite of another object in space that has ever been released to the general public. The object near the center is the upper stage of a Minotaur I rocket that was used to launch the Experimental Satellite System-11, commonly known as XSS-11. The photograph was taken by the digital "witness camera" aboard XSS-11, a dishwasher-size microsatellite developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory.