LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Sat May 09 1998
United States Air Force

NROL-6 (Orion 4)

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

May 8, 1998 at 9:38 PM EDT

(May 9, 1998 at 1:38 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

May 8, 1998 at 9:38 PM EDT

(May 9, 1998 at 1:38 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

May 8, 1998 at 9:38 PM EDT

(May 9, 1998 at 1:38 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

Location

No Recovery Specified

Type

No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Government/Top Secret
    • The Orion 3 and 4 (RIO 3, 4) satellites, which are generally known as 'Advanced Orion' or 'Mentor', are geostationary signals intelligence satellites, which replaced the Magnum / Orion series. Their purpose is to intercept missile telemetry from Russia and China and the COMINT capability of the Mercury satellites was merged into this series. These satellites are launched under the designation Program 7600.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

    Pad

    Space Launch Complex 40