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Class: Surveillance. Type: Radarsat. Nation: USA. Agency: US National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly / Cen. Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver (formerly Mar.
Side-looking radar all-weather reconnaisance satellite.
02 December 1988
USA 34; Lacrosse 1 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. Perigee: 437 km. Apogee: 447 km. Inclination: 57.0 deg.
Deployed from STS-27. Operations completed March 1997.
08 March 1991
USA 69 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. Perigee: 420 km. Apogee: 662 km. Inclination: 68.0 deg.
Still operating December 1997. First West Coast launch of a Titan 4.
24 October 1997
USA 133 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. Perigee: 666 km. Apogee: 679 km. Inclination: 57.0 deg.
Still operating December 1997.
17 August 2000
USA 152 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4B. Perigee: 689 km. Apogee: 695 km. Inclination: 68.0 deg.
The National Reconnaissance Office satellite was reported to be an Onyx (formerly Lacrosse) radar imaging spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin. The Titan second stage reached a 572 x 675 km x 68.0 deg orbit and separated from the payload. Amateur observers reported the payload has made two small maneuvers and by Aug 23 was in a 681 x 695 km x 68.1 deg orbit.
- 4 - McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Report (Internet Newsletter), Harvard University, Weekly, 1989 to Present. HTML when accessed: ftp://sao-ftp.harvard.edu/pub/jcm/space/news
- 69 - Sorokin, Vladislav, Novosti Kosmonavtiki, "'Yantarnaya istoriya'", 1997, Issue 17, page 57.
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