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TiPS (Tether Physics and Survivability satellite)

TiPS (Tether Physics an Survivability satellite)
An experiment that consisted of two end-masses (designated USA 123 and USA 124) connected by a 4-km space tether. The project was funded by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

launch date May 12, 1996
launch vehicle Titan IV
launch site Vandenberg Air Force Base
orbit 1,010 × 1,032 × 63.4°
mass (at each end of tether) 53 kg

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