FORTE (Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events)
The FORTE (Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events) satellite was launched on 29 August 1997 and has been in continuous operation since reaching orbit. The FORTE effort is sponsored by the Department of Energy as a testbed for technologies applicable to U.S. nuclear detonation detection systems. FORTE's successful development and launch were the result of several years of dedicated work by a joint Los Alamos National Laboratory / Sandia National Laboratories project team. FORTE is in a circular, 800-km-altitude orbit inclined 70 degrees from the Earth's equator. FORTE carries a suite of optical and RF instruments that have been used to study lightning from space as well as nuclear event detection technologies.
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