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KH-6
Part of WS-117 Family
KH 4A-07
KH 4A-07
Credit: Manufacturer Image
American military surveillance satellite. US reconnaissance satellite, lashed together to meet an emergency requirement for close-up imaging of a suspected Soviet ICBM site near Tallinn. Reconnaissance, photo satellite built by Lockheed (prime); Kodak (camera) for USAF, USA. Launched 1963.

Status: Operational 1963. First Launch: 1963-03-18. Last Launch: 1963-07-31. Number: 3 . Gross mass: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb).

Carried one 'E-5' panoramic camera taken from the cancelled Samos program, with a focal length of 1.67 m, and a ground resolution of 1.8 m. Ground swath was 14 km x 74 km.


More at: KH-6.

Family: Military surveillance sat, Surveillance, Surveillance orbit. Country: USA. Engines: Star 12. Launch Vehicles: Thor, Delta, Thor SLV-2A Agena D. Launch Sites: Vandenberg, Vandenberg SLC1W, Vandenberg SLC1E, Vandenberg SLC2W. Agency: USAF, Lockheed. Bibliography: 126, 2, 6, 4809, 6624, 12724.

1963 March 18 - . 21:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC1W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor SLV-2A Agena D. FAILURE: Failure. Failed Stage: U.
  • KH-6 8001 - . Payload: KH-6 s/n 8001. Mass: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: WS-117. Spacecraft: KH-6. Decay Date: 1963-03-18 . First launch of KH-6. Mission failed..

1963 May 18 - . 22:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC1E. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor SLV-2A Agena D.
  • KH-6 8002 - . Payload: KH-6 s/n 8002 / Agena D 1165 / OPS 0924. Mass: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: CIA, NRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: WS-117. Spacecraft: KH-6. Decay Date: 1963-05-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 578 . COSPAR: 1963-016A. Apogee: 506 km (314 mi). Perigee: 147 km (91 mi). Inclination: 74.5000 deg. Period: 91.00 min. KH-6. Second launch of KH-6. Operation was successful but no film was used. Officially: Spacecraft Engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A)..

1963 July 31 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor SLV-2A Agena D.
  • KH 4A-07 - . Payload: KH-6 s/n 8003 / Agena D 1167 / OPS 1370. Mass: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: CIA, NRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: WS-117. Spacecraft: KH-6. Decay Date: 1963-08-12 . USAF Sat Cat: 626 . COSPAR: 1963-032A. Apogee: 455 km (282 mi). Perigee: 152 km (94 mi). Inclination: 74.9000 deg. Period: 90.60 min. KH-6. Third and final KH-6 mission (LANYARD). Mission was successful but image quality was poor. Officially: Spacecraft Engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A)..


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