The Advanced Research and Global Observations Satellite (ARGOS) was a satellite funded out of the U.S. Department of Defence Space Test Program and operated by the U.S. Air Force. The mission was launched on 23 Feb 1999, and operations continued until 31 July 2003. Note that this is not the same mission as the Argos System, a series of NOAA satellites.
ARGOS was launched from Vanguard Air Force Base on a Delta II rocket, and operated by the Air Force’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Support Complex (RSC) at Kirkland Air Force Base. The satellite carried nine different instruments, each associated with different research groups with different agencies. The satellite was placed in a sun-synchronous roughly circular polar orbit at an altitude of 833 kilometres. Operations were ceased on 31 July 2003.
ARGOS carried nine different instruments, though only one of relevance to high-energy astrophysics:
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