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USA 008

Also called Magnum 1


Designation 15543 / 85010B
Launch date 24 Jan 1985
Country of origin United States
Mission Military: SIGINT (Magnum)
Geostationary orbit unofficial: 74°E, inclined
Launch vehicle STS 20

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Technical data

Magnum type satellite, built by TRW. Carried a 76 m diameter antenna.

This type of satellite (SIGINT) has seen its performance increase with the diameter of the receiving antenna. Thus the Canyon satellites (1968-72) had 10 m antennas, the Rhyolite / Aquacade (1973-78) and the Jumpseat (1973-78) 18 m, the Vortex / Chalet (1978-89) 38 m and the Magnum / Orion 76 m.

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