To determine the mission's success Air Force personnel will evaluate data measuring the successful separation of the payloads and their ability to be deployed into the correct orbit.
The OSPSLV is the result of combining a Minuteman II first and second stage rocket motor and a Pegasus XL third and fourth stage rocket motor.
The Minuteman II was initially used by the Air Force as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. It was later deactivated as an offensive weapon system by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991. The creation of the OSPSLV rocket is part of an Air Force effort to use surplus Minuteman II components for spacelifting payloads into polar orbit.
The payloads for the upcoming launch are integrated to the Joint Air Force Academy Weber State University, or JAWSAT, multi-payload adapter. The four payloads are the U.S. Air Force Academy's FalconSat, Arizona State University's ASUSAT, Stanford University's OPAL satellite and the Air Force Research Laboratory's Optical Calibration Sphere Experiment.
Also attached to the multi-payload adapter are two experiments: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Plasma Experiment Satellite and Weber State University's Attitude Controlled Platform.
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Scheduled for launch on December 7, 1999 the JAWSAT Multi-Payload Adapter (MPA) space-frame will deploy four independent satellites, including: