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Pearl Ruby

Pearl Ruby was a piggy-back experiment flown on the last KH-9 Hexagon reconnaissance satellite.

Possibly Pearl Ruby was to test advanced Infra-red sensors on orbit.

This subsatellite was to be deployed from a rack mounted on the KH-9 Hexagon reconnaissance satellites and to use a solid-fuel kick-motor to maneuver itself into the operational orbit after deployment, but it was lost in a launch failure.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology ?
Operator: USAF
Contractors:
Equipment: ?
Configuration: mod. P-11 bus ?
Propulsion: Kick motor
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Pearl Ruby 1986-F03 18.04.1986 Va SLC-4E F Titan-34D with KH-9 20