According to China's National Defense Science and Technology Information Network reported that [according to the U.S. spacenews Weekly 28 June 2010 issue of the Journal report] NASA and the Air Force are jointly developing a small-scale flight demonstration platform for the future in order to develop a set of advanced and low-cost electronic devices rocket used to launch small satellites and to track and manage safety and minimize the use of ground facilities.
"Small Rocket / Spacecraft Technology" (Smart) project leader said Ace Pell Smart platform can be used in a number of tasks from optical imaging to RF applications. Project aims to produce satellite built modules that can be integrated within 7 days and launch readiness and cost only a few from 100 thousand to 1 million U.S. dollars. This price for the university and laboratory researchers are attractive or they may be able to afford the cost of space experiments.
Pentagon operations Responsive Space (ORS) Office of the Chief Engineer Buckley said the United States Department of Defense want to use the first type of platform to test the Smart rely mainly on a range of satellite tracking and security systems to minimize the ground radar and range safety officers needs.
The first type of Smart Platform from January 2009 began the development plan in October 2010 from NASA's Wallops Flight Center using the "Hound - Orion" (Terrier Orion) for the first sounding rocket launch. The main payload of the mission is a NASA called SubTec-4 in the technology demonstration payload.
Esper said that while Smart's first flight was a sub-orbital mission the payload into space will be a brief return to Earth but the platform is designed to track tasks. The first tas