GeoLITE (Geosynchronous Lightweight Technology Experiment) is an advanced, experimental communications satellite featuring Laser and UHF communication devices. It is operated by the NRO.
GeoLITE is the first mission for TRW's T-310 satellite bus, a new lightweight, highly stable platform capable of a range of missions. TRW has system integration responsibility for GeoLITE, including the satellite development, integration and preparation for launch.
The lsser communications experiments consisted of:
The UHF payload was part of the IBS-S (Integrated Broadcast Service - Simplex) inteligence data dissemination architecture to replace the older military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) archtecture. Other IPS-S payloads were flown on different missions to provide geostationary and polar coverage.
The satellite was designed and built in 3 1/2 years using streamlined program methodologies.
Note: The NROL designations refer to the launch, not to the payload.
|Type / Application:||Communication (Experimental)|
|Equipment:||GLT, GLOM, IBS-S|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||ca. 1800 kg|
|GeoLITE (USA 158, NROL 17)||2001-020A||18.05.2001||CC SLC-17B||Delta-7925|