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NSA


American agency. National Security Agency (Ft. Meade, MD), Fort Meade, MD, USA

Location: Fort Meade, MD.

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NSA Chronology


1956 September 21 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Terrapin. LV Configuration: Terrapin M2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; NSA. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi). Summary: First successful flight of a Terrapin sounding rocket at Wallops Island, which consisted of a Deacon and T55 rocket and carried a payload of 3 kg to a 120 km altitude..

1956 September 21 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Terrapin. LV Configuration: Terrapin M1. FAILURE: Second stage did not ignite..
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; NSA. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi). Summary: First Terrpain launch attempt..

1957 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Terrapin.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1957 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Terrapin.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1957 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Terrapin.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1957 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Terrapin.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1998 May 9 - . 01:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC40. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan Centaur 401B. LV Configuration: Titan 401B/Centaur 4B-25/TC-18 (K-25).
  • USA 139 - . Payload: Advanced Orion 2. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NSA. Manufacturer: El Segundo. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: Advanced Orion. USAF Sat Cat: 25336 . COSPAR: 1998-029A. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,780 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg.

1998 August 12 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan Centaur 401A. LV Configuration: Titan 401A/Centaur 4A-20/TC-9 (K-17). FAILURE: Due to guidance system loss of heading after power interrupt, booster pitched over 40 seconds after launch, and was destroyed by range safety.. Failed Stage: G.
  • Mercury ELINT - . Payload: Mercury ELINT 3. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NSA. Manufacturer: TRW. Class: Military. Type: Electronic intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Mercury ELINT. COSPAR: F980812A. Summary: Third launch of Mercury ELINT satellite..

2004 February 14 - . 18:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC40. Launch Pad: SLC40. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 402B/IUS. LV Configuration: Titan 402B 4B-39 / IUS.
  • USA 176 - . Payload: DSP-1 Block 18 F22. Mass: 2,380 kg (5,240 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NSA. Manufacturer: TRW. Class: Military. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: DSP. USAF Sat Cat: 28158 . COSPAR: 2004-004A. Apogee: 36,105 km (22,434 mi). Perigee: 35,852 km (22,277 mi). Inclination: 0.6800 deg. Period: 1,445.94 min. DSP-1 Block 14 ballistic missile launch detection satellite. Last flight of the IUS upper stage. Launch delayed from November 4, 2003, and January 17, 2003. Planned IMEX piggyback payload cancelled. Still in service as of March 2007, expected to remain operational until 2017-2022. As of 2004 Feb 15 located at 96.66W drifting at 2.464W degrees per day.

2007 November 11 - . 01:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy. LV Configuration: Delta 4H D4-8 (329) 4050H.
  • USA 197 - . Payload: DSP-1 Block 18 F23. Mass: 2,270 kg (5,000 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NSA. Manufacturer: TRW. Class: Military. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: DSP. USAF Sat Cat: 32287 . COSPAR: 2007-054A. Apogee: 36,325 km (22,571 mi). Perigee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. Final DSP launch. The series was to be replaced by SBIRS, which was in the middle of a troubled development program. The Delta 4H performed well after problems on its first launch. The RL10-powered upper stage made three burns before releasing the early-warning satellite in its final geosynchronous orbit. Total cost of the flight was $700 million, with the DSP worth $400 million. The DSP carried a special 25 kg supplementary payload designed to detect extremely small nuclear tests in space. The payload was required by a secret White House/National Security Council directive to detect any attempted covert nuclear tests by Iran or North Korea.

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