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Glory


NASA low-earth orbit climate monitoring satellite designed to monitor aerosols in the atmosphere and solar irradiance. Failed to reach orbit.

Two instruments were carried, the Total Irradiance Monitor and the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor. The Orbital Sciences Corporation spacecraft had two deployable solar array wings, was 3-axis stabilized, and had X-band/S-band RF communications capabilities. The structure was an octagonal aluminum space frame. The blowdown hydrazine propulsion module contained enough fuel for much more than the 36 month baseline mission. The attitude control subsystem supported instrument pointing requirements in the 10's of arc-seconds

First Launch: 2011.03.04.
Last Launch: 2011.03.04.
Number: 1 .

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2011 March 4 - . 10:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg 576E. LV Family: Pegasus. Launch Vehicle: Taurus XL 3110. FAILURE: Fairing failed to separate..
  • Glory - . Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: Glory. COSPAR: 2011-F01A. Summary: Second failure of this vehicle in a row due to fairing not separating. NASA satellite that would have used an aerosol polarimetry sensor (APS) to provide a global map of aerosol particulates (soot and sulphates) to help calibrate climate change models..

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