Re: Radcat vrs Radsat

JAY RESPLER (JRespler@surfnj.net)
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 02:49:54 -0500

Ralph McConahy wrote:
> Where I worked, back in the mid 1970's, I tracked a satellite daily known
> only as "OPS 8180". I notice that the Satellite Situation Report lists two
> satellites with this name that are still up:
> 
>  1972-076A        6212   US         97.3    98.6      633        623
> 0.5958
>  OPS 8180 (RADCAT)                      Launched (10/02/1972)
> 
>  1972-076B        6217   US         98.7    98.5      705        690
> 1.3673
>  OPS 8180 (STP RADSAT)                  Launched (10/02/1972)
> 
> Is 72-76B an actual satellite? What does "STP" stand for? I'd like to figure
> out which one of these was the satellite that I used to track. Does anyone
> know anything about these two?

TRW Space Log calls them Radsat (Radar Sat?) 1 and 2. Space Test Program.

RAE has them as Radcat, Radar Calibration Target,
and Radsat, experiments on ultraviolet and gamma radiation.

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