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NATO 3-B

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1977-005A

Description

NATO 3-B was a third generation communications satellite launched by NASA for NATO. The NATO 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 are ultra-high, super- high and extremely-high frequency systems capable of providing secure voice and fax services, that can accomodate hundreds of NATO users. Members of an Air Force Space Command unit provided command and control for the NATO system.

Alternate Names

  • NATO III-B
  • NATO-D
  • 09785

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1977-01-28
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 701.0 kg

Funding Agencies

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

Discipline

  • Communications

Additional Information

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

 

Personnel

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