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Multispectral Thermal Imager, also called P97-3


Designation 26102 / 00014A
Launch date 12 Mar 2000
Country of origin United States
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 566/601 km
Inclination 97.4°
Period 96.6 min
Launch vehicle Taurus #5

Owned by the US Department of Energy (DoE). The satellite collects images of the Earth, during the day and at night, in 15 spectral bands ranging from visible to long-wave infrared. The technology is expected to have a broad range of national defense and civilian applications ranging from treaty monitoring to mapping of chemical spills, waste heat pollution in lakes and rivers, vegetation health, and volcanic activity.

End of life

Out of service  
Decay 14 May 2022

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Technical data


Prime contractor Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico
Platform BCP-600
Mass at launch 587 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

The imaging instrument was designed and built by a government/industry team led by Sandia National Laboratories. Features 5 m VNIR & 20 m TIR resolution.

The satellite also carries a High-energy X-ray Spectrometer (HXRS) sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Environment Center and the Czech Republic's Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, and developed by Space Devices, Ltd. of the Czech Republic. This instrument will collect data needed to better understand a rare species of solar flare associated with high-energy particle storms that can endanger astronauts and damage space equipment.

Downlink at 401.565 MHz (1 W) and 2.210 GHz (5 W)

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