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GLOMR (Global Low Orbiting Message Relay Satellite) was a US Department of Defense satellite deployed from the STS 61-A shuttle mission. It was developed by DSI (now CTA) and Rockwell for the US Military. It was designed to demonstrated the ability to read out, store, and forward data from remote ground-based sensors. The satellite was first scheduled for deployment from STS-51B, but a battery problem forced a return to Earth for repair. The satellite reentered the Earth's atmosphere after 14 months.

Alternate Names

  • 16231
  • Glob Low Orb Mes Rel Sat

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1985-10-30
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 68 kg
Nominal Power: 2 W

Funding Agency

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


  • Communications
  • Surveillance and Other Military
  • Engineering

Additional Information

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

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