- Jumpseat (satellite)
Jumpseat, also known as AFP-711 [http://www.planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.135] is reportedly a code name for a class of
SIGINT reconnaissance satellites operated by the National Reconnaissance Officefor the United States Air Forcein the 1970s and 1980s. The program is classified, and much of the information in the open is speculative.
The 700-kg Jumpseat satellites were manufactured by
Hughes Aircraftand were inserted into highly elliptical Molniya orbits with an inclination of 63 degrees and orbital periods of close to 12 hours.These were in similar orbits to the Satellite Data Systemrelay satellites.
The successors to the Jumpseat series are the Trumpet satellites.
List of Launches
* [http://www.astronautix.com/craft/jumpseat.htm Entry at astronautix.com]
* [http://www.skyrocket.de/space/doc_sdat/jumpseat.htm Entry at Gunter's space page]
* [http://planet4589.org/space/log/ Log of satellite launches] from
Jonathan's Space Report
Richelson, Jeffrey T. ed. "U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945-1991 Vol 1, Guide." National Security Archive. 1991.
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