TiPS (Tether Physics and Survivability satellite) was an experiment that consisted of two end-masses (designated USA 123 and USA 124) connected by a 4-kilometer 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|