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DODECAPOLE
DODECAPOLE 1/Porcupi
DODECAPOLE 1/Porcupi
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American military target satellite.

AKA: PORCUPINE. Status: Operational 1965. First Launch: 1965-03-09. Last Launch: 1965-08-13. Number: 2 . Gross mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb).



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Dodecapole 1, 2 (Porcupine 1, 2) Calibration satellite for Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA. Launched 1965.

Family: Medium earth orbit, Military, Military target sat, Surveillance. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Thor, Delta, Thor Ablestar, Thor Agena D, Thor SLV-2 Agena D. Launch Sites: Vandenberg, Vandenberg SLC2E, Vandenberg SLC2W. Agency: USN, USAF, US Army. Bibliography: 2, 279, 6.

1965 March 9 - . 18:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor SLV-2 Agena D.
  • DODECAPOLE 1/Porcupine 1 - . Payload: Dodecapole 1. Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Class: Surveillance. Type: Radar calibration target. Spacecraft: DODECAPOLE. USAF Sat Cat: 1272 . COSPAR: 1965-016H. Apogee: 930 km (570 mi). Perigee: 901 km (559 mi). Inclination: 70.1000 deg. Period: 103.30 min.

    A Thor/Agena D booster was employed to launch eight military satellites into orbit from Vandenberg AFB. This was the largest number of individual payloads yet orbited by the United States with one launch vehicle. Surveillance calibration. Space craft engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A).


1965 August 13 - . 22:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2E. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor Ablestar.
  • Dodecapole 2 - . Payload: PORCUPINE 2. Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Class: Surveillance. Type: Radar calibration target. Spacecraft: DODECAPOLE. USAF Sat Cat: 1510 . COSPAR: 1965-065C. Apogee: 1,051 km (653 mi). Perigee: 979 km (608 mi). Inclination: 90.0000 deg. Period: 105.40 min. Surveillance Calibration; dodecahedron; extended 12 25 ft. antennas. Space craft engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A). .


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