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Status: Operational 2010. First Launch: 2010-02-11. Last Launch: 2010-02-11. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 3,100 kg (6,800 lb).
Solar Dynamics Observatory. The Centaur AV-021 upper stage moved from an initial 175 km x 3706 km x 28.7 deg parking orbit to a 2480 km x 35369 km x 28.6 deg transfer orbitand then released the satellite, which used its own R4D thruster to reach geosynchronous orbit.