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Viking-DS (VDS)

Viking-DS [GDK]

Viking-DS or VDS (Viking Dynamic Simulator) was a vehicle evaluation payload, which was to represent the dynamic properties of the Viking space craft. It was to be deployed to a near-GEO orbit during the maiden flight of the Titan-3E Centaur-D1T launch vehicle. On top of the VDS the SPHINX satellite was mounted to be deployed into a GTO orbit.

 Due to launch vehicle failure, the payloads did not achieve orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle Evaluation
Propulsion: None
Mass: ?
Orbit: Near-GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Viking-DS (VDS) 1974-F01 11.02.1974 CC LC-41 F Titan-3E Centaur-D1T with SPHINX