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Code Name: Mercury. Class: ELINT. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF.
Class of heavy ELINT satellites introduced at the end of the 1990's.
Mercury ELINT Chronology
27 August 1994
USA 105 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. Perigee: 35,780 km. Apogee: 35,790 km. Inclination: 0.0 deg.
First launch of Mercury ELINT satellite.
24 April 1996
USA-118 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. Perigee: 30,000 km.
Second launch of Mercury ELINT satellite.
12 August 1998
Mercury ELINT Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. FAILURE: Due to guidance system loss of heading after power interrupt, booster pitched over 40 seconds after launch, and was destroyed by range safety.
Third launch of Mercury ELINT satellite.
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