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Class: ELINT. Nation: USA. Agency: U.S. Air Force.
Shuttle-launched geostationary ELINT satellite model that replaced Rhyolite/Aquacade.
24 January 1985
USA 8 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. Perigee: 341 km. Apogee: 34,670 km. Inclination: 28.4 deg.
New Magnum model geostationary ELINT satellite model replaced earlier Rhyolite/Aquacade. Deployed from STS-51C January 24 1985. Boosted to geostationary orbit.
23 November 1989
USA 48 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. Perigee: 216 km. Apogee: 224 km. Inclination: 28.5 deg.
Second Magnum model ELINT satellite. Code name changed to Orion. Deployed from STS-33 November 23, 1989, and boosted to geostationary orbit.
15 November 1990
USA 67 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. Perigee: 78 km. Apogee: 226 km. Inclination: 28.5 deg.
Deployed from STS 38 11/15/90. Boosted to geostationary orbit.
- 2 - McDowell, Jonathan, The United Nations Registry of Space Objects, Harvard University, 1997. HTML when accessed: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/QEDT/jcm/space/un/un.html
- 6 - JPL Mission and Spacecraft Library, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1997. HTML when accessed: http://msl.jpl.nasa.gov/home.html
- 172 - McDowell, Jonathon, Quest, "US Reconnaissance Satellite Programs Part 2", 1995, Volume 4, Issue 4, page 49.
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