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SAMOS 6 was a US Air Force satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard an Atlas Agena-B rocket. It was a first generation photo surveillance mission of the Satellite and Missile Observation Satellite series. It failed to return the camera and film capsule so the mission was a failure. The SAMOS film return project was cancelled after this mission and the remaining 4 cameras were placed in a warehouse and later used on KH-6 Lanyard missions.

Alternate Names

  • 1962 Eta 1
  • 00256
  • SAMOS6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-03-07
Launch Vehicle: Atlas
Launch Site: Point Arguello, United States
Mass: 1860 kg

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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