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1965-016A

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1965-016A

Description

SOLRAD 6B (GREB 6) was a US military satellite launched from Vandenberg AFB aboard a Thor Agena D rocket.

The GREB program was classified at the time, the primary purpose was to receive signals from Soviet radar installations to learn about their air defense posture. The data were used by the U.S. Strategic Air Command. As a cover story, the satellites were equipped with instruments to measure solar radiation. Sometimes referred to as Galactic Radiation and Background (GRAB) satellites, or as part of the SOLar RADiation (SOLRAD) program, they were publicized as scientific missions, and did in fact return scientific data.

Alternate Names

  • SOLRAD 6B
  • GREB 6
  • 01271
  • GRAB 6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1965-03-09
Launch Vehicle: Thor Augmented Delta-Agena D
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 40 kg

Funding Agency

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

Discipline

  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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