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NROL-12

Atlas IIAS

Lockheed Martin

Launch Status
Success

Mission


NROL-12 (Quasar 14)

  • Type: Communications
  • Orbit: Geostationary Orbit

The primary purpose of the SDS satellites is to relay imagery from low-flying reconnaissance satellites, notably the Keyhole optical reconnaissance and Lacrosse/Onyx radar reconnaissance satellites to ground stations in the United States.

NROL-12 (Quasar 14)

Location


Launch Complex 36B

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Launch Complex 36B has witnessed the launch of 76 rockets, including 76 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 937 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 36B

Rocket


Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS

Atlas II was a member of the Atlas family of launch vehicles, which evolved from the successful Atlas missile program of the 1950s. It was designed to launch payloads into low earth orbit, geosynchronous transfer orbit or geosynchronous orbit. Sixty-three launches of the Atlas II, IIA and IIAS models were carried out between 1991 and 2004; all sixty-three launches were successes, making the Atlas II the most reliable launch system in history.

Agency


Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin’s Space Division started in the production of missiles and later ICBM’s in the 1950s. Their TITAN missile system was used for 12 Gemini spacecraft and the Voyager probes. They have worked largely in collaboration with NASA on many of their probes, landers, and spacecraft, and hope to play a key role in NASA’s return to the moon in 2024.

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