KH-5 12 [USAF]
KH-5 (Keyhole 5, codenamed Argon) was the area survey component of the Corona program.
The Argon camera (also called Corona-A), a single frame camera, was integrated with standard Corona hardware like the return vehicle (SRV). The ground resolution of KH-5 was ca. 140 m. The SRV and the camera remained fixed to the Agena-D stage, which provided three axis control and propulsion during the mission. The SRV was deorbited using its own small solid rocket motor.
Of the Agena-D series, only #8 failed due to attitude control problems. All other returned their film capsules successfully.
Some satellites carried secondary payloads mounted on the satellite:
Two missions carried small satellites into orbit.
|Type / Application:||Reconnaissance, photo (Area survey)|
|Configuration:||Agena-D, 1 SRV|
|Propulsion:||Bell 8096, Star-12 retro motor|
|Lifetime:||up to 6 days|
|KH-5 8 (Argon 8, Corona 63, Mission 9055A, OPS 1008)||1963-F07||26.04.1963||Va 75-1-1||F||Thor-DM21 Agena-D|
|KH-5 9 (Argon 9, Corona 70, Mission 9058A, OPS 1561)||1963-035A||29.08.1963||Va 75-3-5||Thor-DM21 Agena-D||with Lampo|
|KH-5 10 (Argon 10, Corona 72, Mission 9059A, OPS 2437)||1963-042A||29.10.1963||Va 75-3-4||Thor-SLV2A Agena-D||with Pundit 1|
|KH-5 11 (Argon 11, Corona 80, Mission 9063A, Long John 4, OPS 3236)||1964-030A||13.06.1964||Va 75-1-2||Thor-SLV2A Agena-D||incl. Starflash 1A|
|KH-5 12 (Argon 12, Corona 84, Mission 9064A, Opporknockity, OPS 2739)||1964-048A||21.08.1964||Va 75-1-2||Thor-SLV2A Agena-D||incl. Starflash 1B|
Further KH missions:
Further Corona missions:
Further Aftrack SIGINT missions: