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DOD's TacSat-1 micro-satellite slated for launch in March
The Defense Department plans to launch its experimental TacSat-1 micro-satellite in March 2004, a DOD official said Dec. 3.
The initiative, sponsored by DOD's Office of Force Transformation, aims to develop, build and launch a small satellite for the relatively low cost of about $15 million, said Ret. Navy Vice Adm. Arthur Cebrowski, director of the transformation office. The experiment also seeks to go "from scratch to orbit" in less than a year to be "within the planning timelines of a major contingency for the nation."