NROL-13 (Intruder 5A & 5B)

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 3E Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

NOSS-3 (Naval Ocean Surveillance System), which is likely not the official designation, is the third generation of NOSS satellites, which are low orbit SIGINT satellites. In 2013, the designation Intruder leaked out. These satellites carry equipment to track ships and aircraft via their radio transmissions. Positions of the origin of the transmissions are determined by triangulation. Each launch consists of two satellites of similar size in the same orbit. Both satellites maneuver to stationkeep relative to one another.

Atlas IIAS

Family: Atlas
Configuration: IIAS

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
    4391 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas IIAS
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    IIAS
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas IIAS
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: 77 Failures: 3 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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