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Designation 08746 / 76023A
Launch date 15 Mar 1976
Country of origin United States
Mission Military: telecommunications
Geostationary orbit see below
Launch vehicle Titan 3 #93
Mass at launch 450 kg

LES 8 & 9 were placed in geostationary orbit with 90° between each other. Equipped with a radio isotropic 238 plutonium generator, they could communicate without the help of a ground station.


Begin End Position
L: 15 Mar 1976   ?
Mar 1995   94.5°W, inclined
Jan 1996   103°W, inclined

End of life

Out of service 1998?

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