NROL-5 (Quasar 12)

Overview

Destination: Elliptical Orbit
Mission: Communications

Elliptical Orbit Space Launch Complex 36A Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Satellite Data System (SDS) spacecraft are communication relay satellites for transmitting real-time data from US reconnaissance satellites (e.g. KH-11, Onyx, Topaz) in polar areas. They are also used for communications to USAF aircraft on polar routes and connect the various ground stations of the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN). The spacecraft relay the downlinked data to a ground station at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Atlas IIA

Family: Atlas
Configuration: IIA

Atlas II was a member of the Atlas family of launch vehicles, which evolved from the successful Atlas missile program of the 1950s. It was designed to launch payloads into low earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or geosynchronous orbit. Sixty-three launches of the Atlas II, IIA and IIAS models were carried out between 1991 and 2004; all sixty-three launches were successes, making the Atlas II the most reliable launch system in history.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    47.54 m
  • Diameter
    3.04 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.04 m
  • Launch Mass
    204 T
  • Thrust
    2479 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas IIA
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    IIA
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas IIA
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    6580 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    2810 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

(LMT)

Founded: 1953 Successes: 270 Failures: 25 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

Lockheed Martin's Space Division started in the production of missiles and later ICBM's in the 1950s. Their TITAN missile system was used for 12 Gemini spacecraft and the Voyager probes. They have worked largely in collaboration with NASA on many of their probes, landers, and spacecraft, and hope to play a key role in NASA's return to the moon in 2024.

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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 36A


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