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MIDAS 1

NSSDCA ID: MIDAS1
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Description

The MIDAS 1 (Missile Defense Alarm System) satellite was designed to detect the exhaust heat from a recently launched ICBM by use of infrared sensors. Secondary objectives included the measurement of cosmic radiation, the determination of upper atmospheric density, and micrometeoroid detection. The spacecraft was cylindrical in shape and measured approximately 6 m in length and 1.5 m in diameter. The sensors and communication subsystem were chemical-battery-powered. The experiments were never activated because MIDAS 1 failed to achieve its planned polar orbit when the second stage failed to separate. The satellite flew 4500 km before burning up in reentry.

Alternate Names

  • Missile Defense Alarm System 1
  • MIDAS1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1960-02-26
Launch Vehicle: Atlas-Agena A
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 2045 kg

Funding Agency

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

Disciplines

  • Surveillance and Other Military
  • Space Physics
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

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

 

Personnel

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