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NSF


American agency overseeing development of spacecraft. National Science Foundation, USA.

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • ATS-1 American communications technology satellite. One launch, 1966.12.07, ATS 1. During its 18 year lifetime, ATS-1 examined spin stabilization techniques, investigated the geostationary environment, and performed several communications experiments. More...
  • ATS-2 American communications technology satellite. One launch, 1967.04.06, ATS 2. ATS-2 was placed into an undesirable orbit due to a launch vehicle failure. More...
  • ATS-3 American communications technology satellite. One launch, 1967.11.05, ATS 3. The goals for ATS-3 included investigations of spin stabilization techniques and VHF and C-band communications experiments. More...
  • ATS-4 American communications technology satellite. One launch, 1968.08.10, ATS 4. A launch vehicle failure stranded ATS-4 in a much lower than planned orbit, making the satellite nearly useless. More...
  • ATS-5 American communications technology satellite. One launch, 1969.08.12, ATS 5. More...
  • ATS-6 American communications technology satellite. One launch, 1974.05.30, ATS 6. In addition to its technology experiments, ATS-6 became the world's first educational satellite. More...

See also
  • Agency Agencies or institutions overseeing design, development, construction, or operation of space-related systems. More...

NSF Chronology


1970 November 24 - . 02:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Bullpup Apache.
  • Aeronomy / Barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 December 2 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Bullpup Apache.
  • Aeronomy / Barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1971 August 27 - . 09:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Bullpup Apache.
  • Particles mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1972 March 18 - . 09:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Ute Apache.
  • Aurora / airglow mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1972 March 28 - . 12:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Paiute Apache. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1972 March 29 - . 20:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Bullpup Apache.
  • Particles mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1976 March 30 - . 12:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hydac. LV Configuration: Nike Hydac NSF.
  • Barium release Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

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