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Class: ELINT. Type: Naval reconnaisance. Nation: USA. Agency: U.S. Navy.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE. NOSS detected the location of naval vessels using radio inferometry, and consisted of a main spacecraft and several subsatellites, linked by fine wires, several 100's of meters apart.


Specification

Total Mass: 700 kg.


NOSS Chronology


14 December 1971 OPS 7898 P/L 2 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: LT Thor Agena D. Perigee: 983 km. Apogee: 999 km. Inclination: 70.0 deg.

Space craft engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A).


30 April 1976 NOSS 1 (Whitecloud 1) Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. Perigee: 1,092 km. Apogee: 1,128 km. Inclination: 63.5 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


08 December 1977 NOSS 2 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. Perigee: 1,054 km. Apogee: 1,169 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


03 March 1980 NOSS 3 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. Perigee: 1,035 km. Apogee: 1,150 km. Inclination: 63.0 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


09 December 1980 SSU Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas E. FAILURE: Failure.
08 February 1983 NOSS 4 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,063 km. Apogee: 1,186 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


09 June 1983 NOSS 5 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,049 km. Apogee: 1,167 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


05 February 1984 NOSS 6 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,052 km. Apogee: 1,172 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


09 February 1986 USA 15 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,049 km. Apogee: 1,166 km. Inclination: 63.0 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


15 May 1987 USA 22 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,045 km. Apogee: 1,179 km. Inclination: 62.9 deg.

Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE.


02 August 1993 SSU Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. FAILURE: Failure.

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