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Petite Amateur Navy Satellite, also called PO-34


Designation 25520 / 98064B
Launch date 29 Oct 1998
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 550 km
Inclination 28.5°
Period 95.6 min
Launch vehicle STS 95

Small, spread-spectrum communication satellite developed by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) as an educational project for officer students.

Through use by the amateur radio community PANSAT will supply a means to demonstrate spread-spectrum communications. In addition, PANSAT provides many potential applications for low-cost communications. The low probability-of-intercept would be an important feature for the military in downed-pilot-rescues. The pilot could obtain his/her location through a GPS system and uplink the information to the orbiting satellite at low risk. Examples of civilian uses include emergency rescue and communication to remote areas.

External resources


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Technical data


Prime contractor  
Mass at launch 75 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization tumbling spacecraft
DC power  
Design lifetime 2 years

Upload: 435.250 - 437.750 MHz
Download: 435.250 - 437.750 MHz

The spacecraft will supply direct-sequence, spread-spectrum modulation with an operating center frequency of 436.5 MHz, a bit rate of 9600 bits per second and 4 MB of message storage.

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