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FORTE (P94-1)


FORTE (Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events) was a small satellite program by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy.

It carried sophisticated electronic equipment for detecting, analyzing and recording bursts of radion energy (monitoring of violations of nuclear test ban treaties) arising from near Earth's surface. The satellite used a completely graphite epoxy composite structure weighing only 41 kg. It carried a 10 m deployable antenna. The attitude mode employed was momentum bias with gravity gradient stabilization. It carried 3 × 2 axis magnetometers and an Earth horizon sensor, momentum wheel and 3-axis magnetic torque rods.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: USAF STP (Space Test Program)
Contractors: Composite Optics Inc. (structure)
Equipment: ?
Configuration: ?
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 215 kg
Orbit: 800 km × 807 km × 70.0
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
FORTE (P94-1) 1997-047A 29.08.1997 Va, L-1011, RW30/12 Pegasus-XL
Further STP missions: