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22-May-01 | Delta flight 285 – GeoLITE

On Friday, 18 May, Delta flight 285 launched the Geosynchronous Lightweight Technology Experiment (GeoLITE), a test payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. This was the first flight for NRO by a Delta. Delta’s predecessor and sibling, Thor-Agena, was the workhorse for NRO’s Corona program from 1960 to 1972. (As I was out of town during this launch, I recommend you check out Justin Ray’s coverage for Spaceflight Now.)

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