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USA 148



USA 148, also known as DSCS 3 (Defence Satellite Communications System 3) is an American military geosynchronous communications spacecraft that was launched by an Atlas 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 01:03 UT. (Being the 10th in the DSCS 3 FN series, its full name is likely to be DSCS 3 F10.) With a solar power of 1,240 W, the jam-proof spacecraft has six "SHF" relaying channels in the frequency range of 50-85 MHz which can be received by an 84 cm dish. The craft is triaxially stabilized at about 0.1 deg in roll and pitch. Parking longitude is unavailable.

Alternate Names

  • 26052
  • DSCS 3
  • Defense Satellite Communications System 3
  • USA148

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-01-25
Launch Vehicle: Atlas 2
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Communications
  • 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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