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TIP 2, 3 (Triad 2, 3 / NNS)

Nova (similar to TIP 2 and 3)
[US Navy]

The TIP 2 and 3 (Transit Improvement Program) satellites used a simplified form of the Triad 1 drag correction system. Pulsed plasma thrusters were used for drag correction maneuvers. The satellites were used operationally in the Transit navigation system. Slightly improved versions were built as Nova.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Navigation
Operator: USN
Contractors: JHU/APL
Equipment: ?
Configuration: Transit-Bus, Gravity Stabilized
Propulsion: Pulsed plasma thrusters
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Orbit: 484 km × 583 km, 90.43 (#2); 343 km × 778 km, 90.32 (#3)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Triad 2 (TIP 2) 1975-099A 12.10.1975 Va SLC-5 Scout-D1
Triad 3 (TIP 3) 1976-089A 01.09.1976 Va SLC-5 Scout-D1

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