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Bluebell 2S

Bluebell 2S (Sphere) was an Air Force calibration satellite launched piggy-back from Vandenberg AFB aboard an Atlas-SLV3 Agena-D rocket.

Two Bluebell satellites were on this launch: one in shape of a sphere, the other in the shape of a cylinder (Bluebell 2C). The prime payload was the KH-7 25 reconaissance satellite.

Due to the very low orbit, these satellites had very short orbital life times. Bluebell 2C decayed a day after launch and Bluebell 2S followed one week after launch.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Calibration
Operator: US Air Force
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion: None
Power: None
Lifetime: 7 days
Mass: 5 kg
Orbit: 149 km × 267 km, 96.5
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Bluebell 2S (OPS 3031) 1966-012C 15.02.1966 Va PALC-2-4 Atlas-SLV3 Agena-D with KH-7 25, Bluebell 2C