Model, Corona Film Return System

Model, Corona Film Return System

     

This is a model of the type of film return capsule used to return film to Earth from the first generation of U.S. photoreconnaissance satellites. Part of the once-secret Corona project, capsules of this sort returned more than 800,000 images taken by the program's KH-series cameras between August 1960 and May 1972, when the program ended. The capsules were ejected from Agena spacecraft in orbit, reentered the atmosphere, and were retrieved in mid-air by specially-equipped U.S. Air Force planes.

Transferred from the CIA and NRO to the Museum in 1995.

Gift of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Electric Co.

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Display frame--plastic and metal
Base--wood
For additional documentation, see the Corona Program Event; link found under the "Related" tab.
Dimensions
Overall: 4ft 4in. x 10in. (132.08 x 25.4cm)

This is a model of the type of film return capsule used to return film to Earth from the first generation of U.S. photoreconnaissance satellites. Part of the once-secret Corona project, capsules of this sort returned more than 800,000 images taken by the program's KH-series cameras between August 1960 and May 1972, when the program ended. The capsules were ejected from Agena spacecraft in orbit, reentered the atmosphere, and were retrieved in mid-air by specially-equipped U.S. Air Force planes.

Transferred from the CIA and NRO to the Museum in 1995.

Gift of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Electric Co.

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Display frame--plastic and metal
Base--wood
For additional documentation, see the Corona Program Event; link found under the "Related" tab.
Dimensions
Overall: 4ft 4in. x 10in. (132.08 x 25.4cm)

ID: A19960016000