Milstar was Re: (Very) bright geosync satellite

Philip Chien (
Mon, 22 Jul 1996 23:27:41 -0400

While Milstar is a military program, and used for certain types of
classified operations, much of the information is available in the public
literature, and even press releases.

When Milstar 2 was launched there was a satcom terminal at the viewing site
pointed at Milstar 1.  It took me about half a minute to figure out where
it was pointed in the geo belt.  (well, 20 seconds to remember which way
was north, and 10 seconds to determine which direction the dish was aimed).

check out the following URL at the contractor for a photograph of the
satellite under construction:

In any case the DFS-2/Milstar 2 satellite (USA 115) has been assigned 4
degrees East.  Its NORAD 23712, 1995  060A.

The satellite slot was publicly requested and approved by the IARU, FCC,
and whatever other alphabet soup is responsible for designating geosync

Philip Chien, Earth News - space writer and consultant  PCHIEN@IDS.NET
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