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Simplesat
Simplesat
Simplesat
American visible astronomy satellite. Simplesat was intended to test methods for building cheap astronomical satellites and controlling them from a inexpensive ground stations. Astronomy, technology satellite for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA. Launched 2001.

Status: Operational 2001. First Launch: 2001-08-20. Last Launch: 2001-08-20. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 52 kg (114 lb). Height: 0.66 m (2.16 ft).

It was equipped with a 0.3 m optical telescope and a GPS attitude control system. The 52 kg, 0.48 m diameter, 0.66 m high octagonal cylinder was developed by NASA-Goddard.


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Family: Astronomy, Visible astronomy satellite. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Space Shuttle. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral LC39A. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Bibliography: 2, 296.
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2001 August 20 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • Simplesat - . Mass: 52 kg (114 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Class: Astronomy. Type: X-ray astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Simplesat. Decay Date: 2002-01-30 . USAF Sat Cat: 26889 . COSPAR: 2001-035B. Apogee: 135 km (83 mi). Perigee: 130 km (80 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 87.10 min. Simplesat was small astronomical test satellite ejected from a GAS Cannister in shuttle Discovery's payload bay. No contact was ever made with Simplesat after its release; evidently the satellite failed. .


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