NOTS 4

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Air launch to Suborbital flight

The project pilot payloads were small cylindrical satellites. These missions intended to be the first to launch a satellite from an aircraft. They had only a single instrument, a very primitive infrared line scanning device to make IR images of the ground.

Project Pilot

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The NOTS-EV-1 Pilot, also known as NOTSNIK was an expendable launch system and anti-satellite weapon developed by the United States Navy's United States Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS).

Specifications
  • Stages
    5
  • Length
    4.4 m
  • Diameter
    0.76 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    0.76 m
  • Launch Mass
  • Thrust
    125 kN
Family
  • Name
    Project Pilot
  • Family
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Project Pilot
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

US Navy

US Navy

(USN)

Founded: 1963 Successes: 0 Failures: 6 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

The Navy was competed with the Army to put the first American satellite into orbit. Their first two Vanguard missions failed, with the second being a highly publicized failure, as it exploded on the launchpad. They went on to put 3 satellites into orbit but did not beat the Army to be the first. Their work in space continues today largely on military satellites.

INFO WIKI

Air launch to Suborbital flight

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake


Long March 2D
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1 day, 17 hours ago
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LauncherOne
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Falcon 9
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Falcon 9
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1 week, 4 days ago
Starlink Group 4-5
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Simorgh
Failure
2 weeks, 5 days ago
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Long March 3
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
TJSW-9
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Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Tianhui 4
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Angara A5/Persey
Failure
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Dummy payload
35/1 - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
OneWeb 12
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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Long March 4C
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Zhiyuan 1-02E
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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