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Genesat 1


Designation 29654 / 06058B
Launch date 16 Dec 2006
Country of origin United States
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 413/420 km
Inclination 40°
Period 92.9 min
Launch vehicle Minotaur #6
Launch site Wallops Island

Operated by NASA. Built with parts contributed by California Polytechnic State University, Santa Clara University and Stanford University.

Will carry bacteria inside a miniature laboratory to study how the microbes will adapt to spaceflight. Air pressure, temperature and humidity are controlled aboard. Experiment will end after 4 days. The satellite will then be used for tracking purposes.

End of life

Out of service  
Decay 4 Aug 2010

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Technical data


Prime contractor  
Mass at launch 4.5 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 96 hours for the biological test
1 year for the orbit analysis study

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