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The objectives of this spacecraft were to provide communication channels for the automatic voice, automatic digital, and secure voice communication networks of the Department of Defense. The cylindrical spacecraft, 2.74 m in diameter and 3.96 m high with eight solar array curved panels generating 520 w, carried single-frequency conversion transponders with a bandwidth of 410 MHz to carry up to 1300 duplex voice channels, or a million data bits per second.

Alternate Names

  • 05588
  • DSCSII-02
  • Defense Satellite Communications System II-02

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1971-11-03
Launch Vehicle: Titan
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 520 kg

Funding Agency

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


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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