DODGE (Department Of Defense Gravity Experiment)

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.


launch date Jul 1, 1967
launch vehicle Titan IIIC
launch site Cape Canaveral
orbit 33,251 × 33,677 km × 11.6°
mass (at launch) 195 kg