Timation 1 [NRL]
The Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) conceived the Timation (Time / Navigation) program in 1964 and launched the Timation 1 satellite in 1967 and the Timation 2 satellite in 1969. Timation proved that a system using a passive ranging technique, combined with selected high-performance crystal oscillator clocks, could provide the basis for a new and revolutionary navigation system with three-dimensional coverage (longitude, latitude, and altitude) throughout the world. NCST's Timation program paved the way for what eventually became the Global Positioning System (GPS).
|Type / Application:||Navigation|
|Contractors:||Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Timation 1||1967-053E||31.05.1967||Va SLC-2W||Thor-DM21 Agena-D||with Poppy 7A, Poppy 7B (GGSE 4), Poppy 7C, Poppy 7D (GGSE 5), Calsphere 3, Calsphere 4, NRL-PL 150B, OPS 5712|
|Timation 2 (NRL-PL 169)||1969-082C||30.09.1969||Va SLC-1W||Thorad-SLV2G Agena-D||with Poppy 8A, Poppy 8B, Poppy 8C, Poppy 8D, Tempsat 2, SOICAL Cone, SOICAL Cylinder, Weston, NRL-PL 176|