LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Jun 28 2006
United States Air Force

NROL-22 (Trumpet 4)

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

June 27, 2006 at 11:33 PM EDT

(June 28, 2006 at 3:33 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

June 27, 2006 at 11:33 PM EDT

(June 28, 2006 at 3:33 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

June 27, 2006 at 11:33 PM EDT

(June 28, 2006 at 3:33 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Government/Top Secret
    • These spacecraft are probably the replacement for the Trumpet SIGINT satellites operating in a Molniya orbit. As no name is known, these are referred here as "Trumpet Follow On". Possibly these satellites might be named Raven. These satellite most likely use a large, unfurlable dish antenna to collect the signals. Advances in both antenna and electronics technologies have allowed for a large reduction in size compared the Trumpet predecessors.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

    Pad

    Space Launch Complex 6