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Falconsat 3


Designation 30776 / 07006E
Launch date 9 Mar 2007
Country of origin United States
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 558/560 km
Inclination 35.4°
Period 95.8 min
Launch vehicle Atlas 5 #9

Will monitor the ambient plasma, and test a micropropulsion attitude control system. Has communication problems, first contact could be established on 23 Mar 2007.

End of life

Decay 21 Jan 2023

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Technical data


Prime contractor US Air Force Academy
Mass at launch 54 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Micro Propulsion Attitude Control Systems (MPACS)

=> pulsed plasma thrusters that are the cutting edge of rocket research developed by AFRL/PR;

Flat Plasma Spectrometer (FLAPS)

=> developed by NASA/GSFC & USAFA to flight demonstrate a new-generation of MEMS-based sensors and collect detailed measurements of the space plasma;

Plasma Local Anomalous Noise Environment (PLANE)

=>developed by USAFA to investigate the localized plasma environment around a spacecraft.

In addition, FalconSAT 3 will carry a shock ring vibration suppression device developed by AFRL/VS and a shape-memory composite actuated gravity gradient boom also developed by AFRL/VS.

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