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NATO 2 was a military communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit over the mid-Atlantic. It was used for command and control of NATO military forces. The cylindrical spacecraft, 137.16 cm in diameter and 81.28 cm high was constructed of two concentric cylinders with the apogee moter within the inner cylinder. A despun antenna system, partially mounted within the inner cylinder, was located on the spacecraft bottom. A high-pressure hydrazine system was used for stabilization and positioning.

Alternate Names

  • NATO-B
  • 04902
  • NATO2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1971-02-03
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 243 kg

Funding Agency

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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