Trumpet 1

Overview

Destination: Elliptical Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Elliptical Orbit Space Launch Complex 41 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Trumpet signal intelligence satellites were launched by Titan-4(01)A Centaur-T into highly elliptic Molniya-type orbits. In their elliptical orbits they would move very slowly over the northern hemisphere for most of their orbital period, allowing interception of microwave line-of-sight communications beams. Since they would move slowly through the beams during their orbit, a constellation of such satellites was required to monitor Soviet communications throughout the day.

Titan 401A Centaur

Family: Titan
Configuration: 401A Centaur

Titan IV was a family of heavy-lift space launch vehicles developed by Martin Marietta and operated by the United States Air Force from 1989 to 2005.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    63.1 m
  • Diameter
    3.05 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.05 m
  • Launch Mass
    868 T
  • Thrust
    14200 kN
Family
  • Name
    Titan 401A Centaur
  • Family
    Titan
  • Variant
    401A Centaur
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Titan 401A Centaur
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    21680 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    9000 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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