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astronautix.com NOSS-Subsat


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

Deployed from NOSS. 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


NOSS-Subsat Chronology


30 April 1976 SSU 3 (NOSS 1) Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. Perigee: 893 km. Apogee: 1,324 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Deployed from NOSS 1.


08 December 1977 SS 3 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. Perigee: 1,055 km. Apogee: 1,168 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Deployed from NOSS 2.


03 March 1980 EP 1 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. Perigee: 1,048 km. Apogee: 1,166 km. Inclination: 63.5 deg.

Deployed from NOSS 3.


08 February 1983 SSA (NOSS 4) Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,051 km. Apogee: 1,164 km. Inclination: 63.5 deg.

Released from NOSS 4.


09 June 1983 GB1 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,049 km. Apogee: 1,167 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

Deployed from NOSS 5.


05 February 1984 JD3 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,052 km. Apogee: 1,172 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.
09 February 1986 USA 17 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,055 km. Apogee: 1,165 km. Inclination: 63.0 deg.
15 May 1987 USA 25 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas H. Perigee: 1,035 km. Apogee: 1,178 km. Inclination: 62.6 deg.
12 May 1996 USA 121 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 4. Perigee: 1,055 km. Apogee: 1,160 km. Inclination: 63.4 deg.

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