DODGE (Department Of Defense Gravity Experiment)
A United States Navy satellite intended mainly to explore gravity-gradient
stabilization at near-geosynchronous altitude. DODGE carried 10 booms
that were radio-commanded to extend or retract along three different axes.
Data from in-orbit experiments provided fundamental constants for use in
controlling future high-altitude spacecraft. DODGE also carried a number
of commandable magnetic-damping devices and two TV cameras to determine
satellite alignment. One of the cameras also provided the first color pictures
of the full Earth.
||Jul. 1, 1967
||33,251 × 33,677 km × 11.6°
|mass (at launch)
AND SPACE PROBES