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Orbview 4


Designation n/a
Launch date 21 Sep 2001
Country of origin United States
Perigee/Apogee n/a (planned: 470 km sun-synchronous (10:30 AM))
Inclination n/a (planned: 97°)
Period n/a
Launch vehicle Taurus #6

End of life

Out of service 21 Sep 2001
Cause launch failure
Decay 21 Sep 2001

Technical data


Prime contractor OSC
Platform LEOStar-2
Mass at launch 368 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 5 years

On board storage: 4 GB. Maximum data rate: 150 Mbps Should operate in the 8025-8400 MHz frequency band, TT&C communications would be in UHF-, S- and X-band.

Ability to turn from side to side up to 45° from the polar orbit path

Panchromatic and Multispectral payload

Wavebands Panchromatic: 450-900 nm
450-520 nm
520-600 nm
625-695 nm
760-900 nm
Swath width 8 km
Resolution Panchromatic: 1 m
Multispectral: 4 m

Hyperspectral payload

Wavebands 450-2000 nm (200 channels)
Swath width 5 km
Resolution 8 m for US-gov-approved customers
20 m for others

Provided by USAF Research Laboratory

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