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Pundit 1, 2, 3, 4 (P-11 4001, 4101, 4102, 4401)

Pundit [NSA]

The Pundit satellites were part of a series of so called Program 11 or P-11 "Subsatellite Ferrets", low orbit ELINT/SIGINT satellites to pinpoint and characterize different Radar emitters in the Soviet Union and Warsaw pact states.

These subsatellites were deployed from the propulsion rack of the Agena-D stage of KH-4 Corona, KH-5 Argon and KH-7 Gambit-1 reconnaissance satellites. They used a solid-fuel kick-motor to maneuver themselves into their operational orbits after deployment.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: ELINT, SIGINT
Operator: USAF
Contractors: Lockheed (bus); Sylvania Electromagnetic Development Lab (payload)
Equipment: ?
Configuration: P-11 bus
Propulsion: Kick motor
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 290 km × 568 km, 89.98° (#1); 312 km × 389 km, 64.52° (#2); 500 km × 547 km, 95.21° (#4)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Pundit 1 (P-11 4001) 1963-042B 29.10.1963 Va 75-3-4 Thor-SLV2A Agena-D with KH-5 10
Pundit 2 (P-11 4101) 1963-055B 21.12.1963 Va 75-1-2 Thor-SLV2A Agena-D with KH-4 26
Pundit 3 (P-11 4102) 1964-F11 07.10.1964 Va PALC-2-4 F Atlas-SLV3 Agena-D with KH-7 12
Pundit 4 (P-11 4401, OPS 6717) 1965-031B 28.04.1965 Va PALC-2-4 Atlas-SLV3 Agena-D with KH-7 17