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ATDA

Atlas SLV-3

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission


ATDA

  • Type: Test Target
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit

The ATDA (Augmented Target Docking Adapter) had been prepared as a back-up target in case of an GATV (Gemini Agena Target Vehicle) failure. The ATDA was a short cylinder consisting of a target docking adapter cone mounted on front and containing a communications system, a guidance and control system, and a reaction control system. It also had running lights, but unlike the GATV, the ATDA had no propulsive capabilities for orbit changes.

Location


Space Launch Complex 14

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 14 has witnessed the launch of 20 rockets, including 15 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 931 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 14

Rocket


Convair Atlas SLV-3

The Atlas SLV-3, or SLV-3 Atlas was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas / SM-65D Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.

Agency


United States Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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