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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics


  • 10/1974: LASP (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) proposes SME
  • 05/1975: SME assigned to GSFC for System Definition
  • 06/1976: SME assigned to JPL
  • 07/1976–06/1978: JPL SME system definition, scheduling, and costing activities
  • 12/1978: Project plan approval
  • 12/1980–07/1981: System testing with LASP MOS software
  • 02/1981: LASP OM Acceptance Review and shipping
  • 02/1981: BALL S/C Bus Acceptance Review and shipping
  • 04/1981: OM-S/C Bus Integration Acceptance Review
  • 06/1981–09/1981: Depletion Burn: First HQ Request and SME Response
  • 07/1981: Flight readiness review
  • 10/6/1981: SME launch on a Delta rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
  • 12/1988: All science instruments are turned off due to power constraints
  • 04/1989: SME stops transmitting data due to battery failure
  • 03/05/1991: SME re-enters the atmosphere and burns up