The Fast On-orbit Rapid Recording of Transient Events (FORTE) satellite
was launched into low Earth orbit
about 8:30 A.M on August 29
on a Pegasus XL
rocket. It was developed and launched by the Sandia National Laboratory
and the Los Alamos National Laboratory
as a testbed for technologies applicable to U.S. nuclear detonation
detection systems. It has also been used to study lightning from space. FORTE is currently operating in a circular 800-km-altitude orbit.