DODGE (Department Of Defense Gravity Experiment)
DODGE (Department Of Defense Gravity Experiment) was 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)