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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.


Specification


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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