Accession Number : AD0706123

Title :   PROJECT SCORPIO: SATELLITE CALIBRATOR OF RANGES PHOTOGRAPHED IN ORBIT,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Mancini,Armando ; Kahler,Harry R. ; Warner,Caleb

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : Project SCORPIO is a satellite system primarily designed to calibrate range instrumentation equipment for the Atlantic Missile Range (AMR). As a result of high quality tracking data collected to satisfy this mission, the program also will provide valuable geophysical data useable for research to support missile and satellite operations. In addition, it will refine the geocentric coordinates of several world-wide tracking stations critically needed for military space programs. The satellite will carry a MISTRAM, a GLOTRAC and a DPN-66 transponder along with an optical beacon which can be photographed against a stellar background. The satellite package will weigh approximately 300 pounds and will be placed into a low eccentricity orbit, about 500 miles above the earth. The inclination of the orbital plane, dictated by the location of the electronic tracking stations, is to be on the order of 40 degrees. The optical tracking net will be world-wide, employing PC-1000 ballistic type cameras as well as the optical tracking equipment available on the AMR. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GUIDED MISSILE RANGES, INSTRUMENTATION), (*GUIDED MISSILE TRACKING SYSTEMS, CALIBRATION), (*SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, *GEODESICS), TRANSPONDERS, ACCURACY, OPTICAL TRACKING

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE