LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Dec 06 2000
Lockheed Martin

NROL-10 (Quasar 13)

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

December 5, 2000 at 9:47 PM EST

(December 6, 2000 at 2:47 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

December 5, 2000 at 9:47 PM EST

(December 6, 2000 at 2:47 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

December 5, 2000 at 9:47 PM EST

(December 6, 2000 at 2:47 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Communications
    • Satellite Data System (SDS) spacecraft are communication relay satellites for transmitting real-time data from US reconnaissance satellites (e.g. KH-11, Onyx, Topaz) in polar areas. They are also used for communications to USAF aircraft on polar routes and connect the various ground stations of the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN). The spacecraft relay the downlinked data to a ground station at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

    Pad

    Launch Complex 36A