Satellite Mercury 2 (Advanced Vortex 2, USA 118) of National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/USAF

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Mercury 2 (Advanced Vortex 2, USA 118)
Country of Operator/Owner USA
Operator/Owner National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)/USAF
Users Military
Purpose Surveillance
Class of Orbit GEO
Type of Orbit
Longitude of GEO (degrees) -23.51
Perigee (km) 33674
Apogee (km) 37900
Eccentricity 0.0501221623929596
Inclination (degrees) 7.33
Period (minutes) 1436.12
Launch Mass (kg.) 8000
Dry Mass (kg.) 4000
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 24-04-1996
Expected Lifetime
Contractor Boeing Satellite Systems
Country of Contractor USA
Launch Site Cape Canaveral
Launch Vehicle Titan IVA
COSPAR Number 1996-026A
NORAD Number 23855
Comments In the $1 billion range; ELINT; signals intelligence.


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