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SpaceAholic
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posted 01-20-2013 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Available for sale... contact me if interested:

This is an Eagle Picher manufactured Telemeter Beacon NICAD battery which flew onboard the October 1960 Key Hole (KH-2) Mission 9002 photo-reconnaissance satellite (more commonly referred to as Corona) film canister. The canister was debited after 2 days in space and recovered over the Pacific by an aircraft as it descended under parachute. The mission flew under the cover name of the Discoverer Science Program (as Discoverer 17).

Corona was designed at Lockheed's covert "advanced projects" facility at Hiller Aircraft in Menlo Park, California.

Discoverer 13 (which preceded Discoverer 17 by several months) was the first film Capsule successfully recovered from orbit earlier that year in 1960 (the preceding flights were all failures or non-orbital tests). Discoverer 13 is in the Smithsonian.

Discoverer 14 was also a successful capture – it resides at NRO (so no artifacts are available from that mission). 15 and 16 were not recovered (they failed).

So Discoverer 17 represents the first source of material successfully deorbited available to a private collector from a US spacecraft.

A very good CIA written Nomegraph of the Corona/early Keyhole Program, also Wikipedia has more program details.

SpaceAholic
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posted 01-20-2013 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two photos are of a later (1964) Corona (KH-4) mission film capsule which had an errant reentry and pancaked into the Venezuelan countryside ...arrows highly an identical Telemetry battery with its smashed connectors.

Final diagram depicts recovery sequence of the film capsule jettisoned from the Corona spacecraft.


dfox
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posted 01-20-2013 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dfox   Click Here to Email dfox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool! But do you have one in blue?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2013 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
So Discoverer 17 represents the first source of material successfully deorbited available to a private collector from a US spacecraft.
Discoverer 14's recovery parachute was segmented for post-flight presentation and gifted to program members.

SpaceAholic
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posted 01-20-2013 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roger, hadn't considered the chute...

Sale now pending (a respondent has committed to purchase this artifact).

cfreeze79
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posted 01-20-2013 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I have a display containing a sliver of metal from Discoverer XIII (August 11, 1960)...

LateApex
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posted 01-20-2013 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LateApex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic piece!

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