|Mission type||Radar imaging|
|Spacecraft type||FIA Radar|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||21 September 2010, 04:03:30UTC|
|Rocket||Atlas V 501 AV-025|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-3E|
|Regime||Low Earth (retrograde)|
|Perigee||1,106 kilometres (687 mi)|
|Apogee||1,114 kilometres (692 mi)|
|Epoch||9 December 2014, 03:59:49 UTC|
USA-215, also known as NRO Launch 41 or NROL-41, is an American reconnaissance satellite, operated by the National Reconnaissance Office. Launched in 2010, it has been identified as the first in a new series of radar imaging satellites, developed as part of the Future Imagery Architecture programme, to replace the earlier Lacrosse spacecraft.
USA-215 was launched by an Atlas V carrier rocket, flying in the 501 configuration, operated by United Launch Alliance. The rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex 3E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, at 04:03:30 UTC (09:03 PDT) on 21 September 2010. It was identified as NRO Launch 41, and was the twenty-third flight of an Atlas V; the vehicle had the tail number AV-025, and was named Gladys.
The satellite's orbit and mission are officially classified, however it has been located by amateur observers in a retrograde low Earth orbit. As of 9 December 2014 it was in an orbit with a perigee of 1,106 kilometres (687 mi), an apogee of 1,114 kilometres (692 mi) and 122.99 degrees of inclination.
- Peat, Chris (9 December 2014). "USA 215 - Orbit". Heavens-Above. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Krebs, Gunter. "FIA-Radar 1, 2, 3, 4". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- Ray, Justin (21 September 2010). "Atlas Launch Report - Mission Status Center". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- Krebs, Gunter. "NROL launches". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
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