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Other Designations: Tether Physics and Survivability. Class: Technology. Type: Tether. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO/USN.

The 53 kg satellite consisted of 2 end masses connected by a 4 km tether. NRO (the National Reconnaissance Office) provided funding for the TiPS project. The TiPS payload was placed in an 1019 x 1024 km x 63.4 deg orbit.


Total Mass: 53 kg.

TiPS Chronology

12 May 1996 USA 123 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. Perigee: 1,010 km. Apogee: 1,032 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.



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