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General Electric Corporation, USA. American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines, and operator of communications satellite constellations. Also, designation of series of satellites launched as part of the GE Americom broadcast satellite constellation. Later acquired by SES Americom.

AKA: Sakartvelo. Location: Tbilist.



Country: USA. Engines: J79- 5, J79-17, J85-GE-5, J93-3, X-405, X-430. Spacecraft: 3 Crew Lifting Re-Entry Concept, Advanced Manned System 1961, Apollo D-2, Apollo R-3, MOOSE, GE Lunar NEP Tug, GE Life Raft, MOSES. Launch Vehicles: V-2, Hermes missile, Hermes A-3, Hermes A-3A, Hermes A-3B, Hermes B-1, Bumper-WAC, Hermes A-1, Hermes A-2.

1946 May 29 - . 21:12 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi). Launched 14:10 local time. Reached 112.4 km. Carried cosmic radiation (Applied Physics Lab, John Hopkins University) experiments for General Electric..

1946 June 13 - . 23:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • UVS / Ionosphere properties Solar ultraviolet / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi). Launched 16:40 local time. Reached 117.7 km. Carried solar radiation, ionosphere (Naval Research Lab) experiments for General Electric..

1946 July 9 - . 19:25 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Chemical release / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 134 km (83 mi). Launched 12:30 local time. Reached 134.7 km. Carried cosmic radiation, ionosphere (Naval Research Lab) experiments for General Electric..

1946 July 19 - . 19:11 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi). Launched 12:11 local time. Reached 4.8 km. Carried ionosphere (Naval Research Lab) experiments for General Electric..

1947 January 24 - . 00:22 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi). Launched 17:22 local time. Reached 50 km. Carried no upper atmospheric research experiments. Technology flight for General Electric..

1947 April 17 - . 23:22 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Grenades Test / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

    Launched 14:22 local time. Reached 142.7 km. Carried pressure, temperature (Signal Corps Engineering Lab, University of Michigan) experiments for General Electric. The warhead section was replaced with an instrumented full-scale replica of the cylindrical GE A-4 ramjet duct planned for the Hermes B ramjet missile.


1947 October 9 - . 19:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Solar ultraviolet / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 156 km (96 mi).

    Launched 12:15 local time. Reached 156.5 km. Carried Solar radiation (Naval Research Lab); pressure, composition (SCEL) experiments for General Electric. General Electric engineers obtained the first carefully instrumented heat-transfer data from supersonic flight when this V-2 attained 1520 m/s.


1947 November 20 - . 23:47 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • G.E. Special test - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 29 km (18 mi). Launched 16:47 local time. Reached 26.8 km. Carried no upper atmospheric research experiments. Technology flight for General Electric..

1948 February 6 - . 17:17 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 113 km (70 mi). Launched 10:15 local time. Reached 111.3 km. Carried No upper atmosphere experiments. Technology flight for General Electric. Successful electronic flight control demonstrated by General Electric technicians for Army Ordnance..

1948 March 19 - . 23:10 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Blossom IIA Aeronomy / fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi). Launched 16:10 local time. Reached 5.5 km. Carried Magnetic field, composition, winds, temperature (Signal Corps Engineering Lab, University of Michigan) experiments for General Electric..

1948 November 18 - . 22:35 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Hermes B Solar/Biological mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

    Launched 15:34 local time. Reached 145.6 km. Carried biological (Harvard), solar radiation (Naval Research Lab), composition (Signal Corps Engineering Lab, University of Michigan) experiments for General Electric. The warhead section was replaced with an instrumented full-scale replica of the cylindrical GE A-4 ramjet duct planned for the Hermes B ramjet missile.


1949 May 5 - . 15:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. Launch Vehicle: V-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Hermes B Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 8.00 km (4.90 mi).

    Launched 08:15 local time. Reached 8.9 km. Carried Solar radiation (Naval Research Lab) experiments for General Electric. The warhead section was replaced with an instrumented full-scale replica of the cylindrical GE A-4 ramjet duct planned for the Hermes B ramjet missile.


1950 July 24 - . 14:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC3. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: Bumper-WAC. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

    Bumper No. 8, a German V-2 with a 320 kg Army-JPL Wac Corporal, was fired from the Long-Range Proving Ground at Cape Canaveral at a very low angle of attack. The first-stage V-2 climbed 16 km before it exploded. The second-stage Corporal separated successfully, however, and traveled another 24 km. This was the first missile launch from Cape Canaveral.


1950 July 29 - . 11:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC3. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: Bumper-WAC.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE, US Army. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

    Bumper No. 7 was the second missile launch from Cape Canaveral. This was to be a maximum range test of a two-stage vehicle, to study the problems in staging. The launch was delayed because of moisture in the vehicle. But when finally launched, the WAC achieved the highest sustained speed in the atmosphere to that date (Mach 9/2500 m/s) and 35.2 km altitude before impacting 305 km downrange.


1954 May 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Wasserfall. Launch Vehicle: Hermes A-3B.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

1954 July 20 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Wasserfall. Launch Vehicle: Hermes A-3B.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1954 August 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Wasserfall. Launch Vehicle: Hermes A-3B. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1954 September 21 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Wasserfall. Launch Vehicle: Hermes A-3B.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 36 km (22 mi).

1954 October 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Wasserfall. Launch Vehicle: Hermes A-3B.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 36 km (22 mi).

1954 November 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Wasserfall. Launch Vehicle: Hermes A-3B.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Apogee: 34 km (21 mi).

1991 May 29 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17B. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7925.
  • Aurora 2 - . Payload: Satcom-C 5. Mass: 1,336 kg (2,945 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: GE. Manufacturer: Lockheed. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: AS 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 21392 . COSPAR: 1991-037A. Apogee: 36,161 km (22,469 mi). Perigee: 36,125 km (22,446 mi). Inclination: 1.2000 deg. Period: 1,454.40 min.

    Stationed at 139 deg W. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B). Positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 139 deg W in 1991-1999 As of 30 August 2001 located at 148.31 deg E drifting at 4.531 deg W per day. As of 2007 Mar 9 located at 2.15E drifting at 4.534W degrees per day.



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