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Designation 27598 / 02056B
Launch date 14 Dec 2002
Country of origin Australia
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 800 km, sunsynchronous, 10:30 pm ascending node
Inclination 98.7°
Period 100.9 min
Launch vehicle H2A #11

Cost: $11 million. First domestically-built satellite for Australia. Satellite is fully functional. Managed by Australia's DoD.

End of life

Out of service Sep 2007
Cause failure (well after expected EOL)

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Technical data


Prime contractor SSTL (previously was SIL (subsidiary of Spacedev, UK-based))
Platform MicroSIL
Mass at launch 50 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension 58 cm cube
Solar array  
Stabilization 2.5 m boom
DC power  
Design lifetime 3 years

The satellite will be operated and integrated by Cooperative Research Centre on Satellite Systems, a group comprising Australian universities, firms and government entities.

It will carry a GPS receiver; the The NewMag magnetometer (a sensitive device for measuring the strength of the Earth's magnetic field; data to be shared with NASDA), a Ka-band transponder; a UHF communications payload, a baseband processor that provides on-board computer processing of the communications payloads; and a commemorative CD-ROM carrying messages from the Australian and Japanese public.

The High Performance Computing (HPC) 1 payload uses reconfigurable computing technology; its the first use in space. Such computers permit changes of their physical circuits via software control and new physical circuits can be installed in such a computer by remote control. The HPC 1 features reconfigurable radiation tolerant FPGA's from Xilinx.

S-band downlink, 1 Mbps, 2W

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