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Timer, Interval, Corona Satellite


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Timer, Interval, Corona Satellite

Collection Item Summary:

This electromechanical "clock", made by General Electric, was used in the film return capsules of Corona photoreconnaissance satellites. Corona, a joint U.S. Air Force/Central Intelligence Agency project, successfully launched over 120 satellites from 1960-1972 that provided imagery of the Soviet Union and other nations. The timer controlled the sequence of events - e.g., jettisoning of the thrust cone cover or parachute deployment - during the reentry and recovery of the film return capsule. This timer was flown on two missions and donated by Robert Andrews to NASM in 1998.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Andrews.


Overall--metal, wire, plastic


Overall: 1 1/2 in. high x 2 in. wide x 10 in. long (3.8 x 5.1 x 25.4cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Instruments & Payloads

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