PARTIAL LIST OF SPACECRAFT
TESTED BY ADL


Since 1980, ADL has tested nearly every nutationally unstable (Inertia ratio less than one) spacecraft launched on a Delta II rocket with a spinning third stage. For many of these programs, tank baffles were designed and tested to increase the nutational time constant.

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Insat 1-A, Ford Aerospace

Eurostar, British Aerospace

KuBand, RCA

Hipparcos, British Aerospace

Intelsat NV-A, Hughes

(to establish a comparison to air-bearing and flight data)

Italsat, Selenia Spazio

Classified, Hughes

Inmarsat-2, British Aerospace

Generic, RCA (to establish a comparison to air-bearing data)

USSB, RCA

Series 7000, General Electric

Research project, Hughes (Free-flying model rocket to study slag-induced PAM-nutation anomaly)

Geotail, NASA Goddard Flight Center

Intelsat 8, Martin Marietta

Telstar 4, Martin Marietta

Series 7000, Martin Marietta

Asiasat, Martin Marietta

Mars Global Surveyor, Lockheed Martin

Mars 98, Lockheed Martin

Deep Space 1, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Stardust, Lockheed Martin

Mars 2001 Orbiter, Lockheed Martin

Star-2, Orbital Sciences

Geolite, TRW

Mercury Messenger, Aerojet

Pluto New Horizons, Johns Hopkins APL

Classified, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Deep Impact, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Dawn, Orbital Sciences

LADEE, Nasa Ames

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TOP: Final preparations on Mercury Messenger prior to launch. Photo: NASA

BOTTOM: NASA artist rendering of Geotail, a satellite observing the Earth's magnetosphere.

ADL provided testing services for both of these spacecraft.