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Long Rod

Long Rod (booms not extended) [NRL]

Long Rod was a small passive radar calibration satellite built for the Naval Research Lab (NRL), which deployed two booms.

Long Rod was built by deHaviland Canada and had a weight of only 2.7 kg. It consisted of two boxes deploying each an long wire antenna in opposite directions to a distance of more than 60 m in total.

It was launched together with Dodecapole 2 (Porcupine 2) and other small payloads 13.08.1965 on a Thor-DSV2A Able-Star launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB and operated satisfactorily.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Calibration
Operator: Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
Contractors: deHaviland Canada
Propulsion: None
Power: Batteries
Mass: 2.7 kg
Orbit: 1083 km × 1190 km, 90.02
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Long Rod (NavSpaSurRod) 1965-065G 13.08.1965 Va 75-1-1 Thor-DSV2A Able-Star with Transit-O 5, Tempsat 1, Dodecapole 2, Calsphere 2, Surcal 5


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