GGTS 1 [USAF]
GGTS (Gravity Gradient Test Satellite) were two experimental satellites to investigate gravity gradient stabilisation in geostationary orbits. They were each launched together with 7 IDCSP communication satellites. The GGTS satellites used the same bus as the IDCSP, but were battery powered.
GGTS 1 was successfully launched on a Titan-3C into near geosynchronous orbit, but the GGTS 2 mission failed due to a launch vehicle failure.
|Type / Application:||Technology, gravity gradient stabilisation|
|Equipment:||gravity gradient stabilisation booms|
|Orbit:||33663 km × 33858 km, 4.2°|
|GGTS 1 (OPS 9381)||16.06.1966||CC LC-41||Titan-3C||with IDCSP 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|GGTS 2||26.08.1966||CC LC-41||F||Titan-3C||with IDCSP (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14)|