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This Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Titan 3C rocket. It was one of a series of satellites that provided secure voice and data communications for the US military. It was spin stabilized with a despun antenna platform. Body mounted solar cells produced 535 watts. Three NiCd batteries provided 36 AHr total. The payload consisted of two 20 watt X-Band transponders with 500 MHz bandwidths, and steerable narrow beam antennas and drive mechanism for commincations privacy. Its capacity was 1300 voice channels or 100 Mbps of data.

Alternate Names

  • 13636
  • DSCSII-15

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1982-10-30
Launch Vehicle: Titan
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

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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