Dodecapole 1 (booms not extended)
Dodecapole 1 (booms extended)
The Dodecapole satellites, also known as Dodecahedron or Porcupine, were small passive radar calibration satellites built by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the need for a large target satellite for Space Surveillance System calibration.
Each object is a 26 cm sphere with 12 telescoping hollow rods erected in orbit normal to the faces of an equivalent regular dodecahedron. Each rod is 1.27 cm in diameter and 7.62 m long.
|Type / Application:||Calibration|
|Operator:||Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)|
|Contractors:||Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)|
|Orbit:||906 km × 940 km, 70.07° (#1); 1085 km × 1190 km, 90.03° (#2)|
|Dodecapole 1 (Porcupine 1)||1965-016H||09.03.1965||Va 75-1-2||Thor-DM21 Agena-D||with Poppy 6A (Solrad 7B), Poppy 6B, Poppy 6C (GGSE 2), Poppy 6D (GGSE 3), SECOR 3, Surcal 4, OSCAR 3|
|Dodecapole 2 (Porcupine 2)||1965-065C||13.08.1965||Va 75-1-1||Thor-DSV2A Able-Star||with Transit-O 5, Long Rod, Tempsat 1, Calsphere 2, Surcal 5|