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NATO 3-C was a third generation communications satellite launched by NASA for NATO. The NATA Satellite Communications System provided immediate communications links between officials of the various NATO nations. As of 1998, one NATO 3 and two NATO 4 satellites were still in earth orbit at an altitude of more than 23,000 miles. The satellites were ultra-high, super- high, and extremely-high frequency systems capable of providing secure voice and fax services to hundres of NATO users sumultaneously. Members of an Air Force Space Command unit provided command and control for the NATO system.

Alternate Names

  • NATO-E
  • 11115
  • NATO3-C

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1978-11-19
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 720 kg

Funding Agencies

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Robert J. GossProject ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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