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Subject:      USA Intelligence payloads (Re: Pike on NBC)
From:         gkrebs@ikfpool4.rz.uni-frankfurt.de ()
Date:         1996/03/01
Message-Id:   <4h6sg6$ips@grapool30.rz.uni-frankfurt.de>
Newsgroups:   sci.space.policy,alt.politics.org.cia,alt.politics.org.nro,biz.corp.LockMart

John Pike (johnpike@fas.org) wrote:
> KELLY@lthmtv1.mtov.lth.se(kelly wright) wrote:
> >How many payloads of this type are currently orbiting and what is
> >their expected life ?
To complete the list I have compiled the most probable members of
the different types. This identification is based on analysis of
published orbital data (from non official sources) and rumoured
purposes of the payloads except the DSP satellites, which are 
aknowledged by official sources. 
> # type       lifetime [approximate]
> 3  Keyhole    ~5 years
USA  53		28. 2.90	Shuttle
USA  86		28.11.92	Titan-404
USA 116		 5.12.95	Titan-404
> 2  Lacrosse   ~5 years 
USA  34		 2.12.88	Shuttle
USA  69		 8. 3.91	Titan-403
> 3* SBWASS     ~5 years
USA  59-62	 8. 6.90	Titan-405
USA 72,74,76,77	 8.11.91	Titan-403	
-------		 2. 8.93 	Titan-403	failed to orbit
> 2  Trumpet    ~5 years [?]
USA 103		 3. 5.94	Titan-401 Centaur
USA 112		10. 7.95	Titan-401 Centaur
> 3  Magnum-2   ~6-7 years
USA   8		24. 1.85	Shuttle (+ IUS ?)
USA  48		23.11.89	Shuttle (+ IUS ?)
USA  67		16.11.90	Shuttle (+ IUS ?)
> 3  Vortex-2   ~6-7 years
USA  37		10. 5.89	Titan-34D Transtage	(old Vortex type)
USA 105		27. 8.94	Titan-401 Centaur
USA 110		14. 5.95	Titan-401 Centaur
the new series (USA 105, 110) possibly replaces old Vortex and Magnum
satellites
> 5  DSP        ~6-7 years
USA  28	(DSP13)	29.11.87	Titan-34D Transtage
USA  39	(DSP14)	14. 6.89	Titan-402 IUS
USA  65	(DSP15)	13.11.90	Titan-402 IUS
USA  75	(DSP16)	21.11.91	Shuttle (+ IUS)
USA 107	(DSP17)	22.12.94	Titan-402 IUS
> 2  SDS-2      ~5 years
USA  40		 8. 8.89	Shuttle (+ kick motor)
USA  89		 2.12.92	Shuttle (+ kick motor)
> * SBWASS = 3 clusters of 3 satellites each
Each cluster containes 4 satellites (possibly one is a dispencer unit for
the three other)
Gunter Krebs
gk@smoky.ikf.physik.uni-frankfurt.de



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