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KH-6 8002



This US Air Force very high resolution (2') surveillance satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB onboard a Thor Agena D rocket. This was the second launch KH-6 LANYARD satellite. The initial stimulus for the added resolution was suspected ABM sites around Leningrad. The best resolution achieved was 6', the same as KH-4B, so LANYARD was discontinued after 3 launches in 1963.

This spacecraft achieved orbit but the Agena rocket failed in flight and no film data were returned.

Alternate Names

  • 00578
  • KH-68002

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1963-05-18
Launch Vehicle: Thor Augmented Delta-Agena D
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 1500 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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