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
- General Electric Co.
- MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
- Display frame--plastic and metal
- For additional documentation, see the Corona Program Event; link found under the "Related" tab.
- Overall: 4ft 4in. x 10in. (132.08 x 25.4cm)