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Vandenberg SLC6
Part of Vandenberg Family
Delta IV, Athena launch complex. Space Launch Complex

First Launch: 1995-08-15. Last Launch: 2013-08-28. Number: 9 . Longitude: -120.6266 deg. Latitude: 34.5813 deg.

Spacecraft: EIS, Topaz, GemStar, Lewis satellite, Ikonos, DMSP Block 5D-3, Jumpseat-2. Launch Vehicles: Raven, Athena-1, LLV-1, LMLV-1, Athena-2, Delta 4M+(4,2), Delta 4M, Delta 4H, Delta 4M+(5,2). Launch Sites: Vandenberg.



1995 August 15 - . 22:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Peacekeeper. Launch Vehicle: LLV-1. FAILURE: Destroyed by range safety 160 sec into flight after failure of thrust vector control system.. Failed Stage: 2.
  • GemStar 1 (VitaSat) - . Payload: Gemstar DSS-1. Mass: 113 kg (249 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: LMSC. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: GemStar. Spacecraft: GemStar. Decay Date: 1995-08-15 . Global Electronic Messaging Satellite;..

1997 August 23 - . 06:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Peacekeeper. Launch Vehicle: LMLV-1.
  • Lewis - . Payload: SSTI/Lewis. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, TRW. Manufacturer: Chantilly. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Lewis satellite. Spacecraft: Lewis satellite. Decay Date: 1997-09-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 24909 . COSPAR: 1997-044A. Apogee: 134 km (83 mi). Perigee: 124 km (77 mi). Inclination: 97.5000 deg. Period: 87.10 min. Reentered Sep 28.

1999 April 27 - . 18:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Athena. Launch Vehicle: Athena-2. FAILURE: Payload shroud failed to separate four minutes after launch.. Failed Stage: S.
  • Ikonos 1 - . Mass: 726 kg (1,600 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Surveillance. Type: Civilian surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Ikonos. Spacecraft: Ikonos.

    Tracking stations downrange did not pick up the spacecraft. It was later determined that the rocket nose fairing failed to separate four minutes after launch. The extra mass caused the vehicle to reenter over the South Pacific on the first partial orbit. Space Imaging's Ikonos 1 was to have been the first commercial imaging satellite with a high a resolution camera.


1999 September 24 - . 18:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Athena. Launch Vehicle: Athena-2.
  • Ikonos - . Mass: 726 kg (1,600 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: SpaceIm. Manufacturer: Lockheed. Class: Surveillance. Type: Civilian surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Ikonos. Spacecraft: Ikonos. USAF Sat Cat: 25919 . COSPAR: 1999-051A. Apogee: 679 km (421 mi). Perigee: 678 km (421 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.30 min. Commercial / civilian high resolution (1 metre resolution) photograhic satellite..

2006 June 25 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(4,2).
  • USA 184 - . Payload: Raven 4 / NROL-22. Mass: 4,500 kg (9,900 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft Bus: Raven satellite. Spacecraft: Raven satellite. USAF Sat Cat: 29249 . COSPAR: 2006-027A. Apogee: 39,000 km (24,000 mi). Perigee: 1,100 km (600 mi). Inclination: 63.6000 deg. Period: 720.00 min.

    Secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The intended orbit was thought to be a "Molniya" elliptical 12-hour orbit with an inclination of 63 degrees. American data relay and signals intelligence satellites have used this orbit in the past, notably the Jumpseat series of 1971-1983. A secondary payload was later confirmed to be the first SBIRS-HEO (Space-based Infrared System) sensor. SBIRS was the successor to the DSP (Defence Support Program), which provided early warning of missile launches. Also carried the NASA/Los Alamos TWINS-A magnetospheric research payload


2006 November 4 - . 13:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M.
  • DMSP-Block-5D3-F17 - . Mass: 1,154 kg (2,544 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Program: DMSP. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft Bus: DMSP Block 5D-3. Spacecraft: DMSP Block 5D-3. USAF Sat Cat: 29522 . COSPAR: 2006-050A. Apogee: 855 km (531 mi). Perigee: 841 km (522 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 101.90 min.

    Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite with the Operational Linescan System camera, a microwave imager-sounder, ultraviolet spectrometers, particle detectors, a magnetometer, and a laser threat warning sensor. Reportedly went for a time into safe mode due to software problems after launch. The booster upper stage was conducted a maneuver to deorbit itself after placing the satellite in orbit. After the burn an explosion evidently occurred aboard the stage - dozens of objects were tracked in various orbits with perigees down to 670 km and apogees up to 851 km.


2011 January 20 - . 21:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4H.
  • USA 224 - . Payload: EIS-6 / NROL-49. Mass: 17,000 kg (37,000 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: EIS. Spacecraft: EIS. USAF Sat Cat: 37348 . COSPAR: 2011-002A. National Reconnaissance Office satellite placed into 252 km x 1023 km x 97.9 deg polar orbit, consistent with reports that it is was an Improved CRYSTAL type (KH-11 derivative) imaging reconnaissance satellite..

2012 April 3 - . 23:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(5,2).
  • USA 234 - . Payload: NROL-25. Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Topaz. Spacecraft: Topaz. USAF Sat Cat: 38109 . COSPAR: 2012-014A. Second FIA Radarsat mission, following NROL-41 / USA-25 / 2010-46A..

2013 August 28 - . 18:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4H.
  • USA 245 - . Payload: EIS- 7 / NROL-65. Mass: 15,000 kg (33,000 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: EIS. Spacecraft: EIS. USAF Sat Cat: 39232 . COSPAR: 2013-043A. Apogee: 1,002 km (622 mi). Perigee: 259 km (160 mi). Inclination: 97.9000 deg. Secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office; thought to be an imaging spy satellite of the EIS/Enhanced CRYSTAL type..


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