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Designation 35002 / 09028B
Launch date 19 May 2009
Country of origin United States
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 436/473 km
Inclination 40.5°
Period 93.5 min
Launch vehicle Minotaur #8

Will help scientists better understand how effectively drugs work in space.

It contains a controlled environment micro-laboratory packed with sensors and optical systems that can detect the growth, density and health of yeast cells and transmit that data to scientists for analysis on Earth. PharmaSat also will monitor the levels of pressure, temperature and acceleration the yeast and the satellite experience while circling Earth at 27,400 km/h. Scientists will study how the yeast responds during and after an antifungal treatment is administered at three distinct dosage levels to learn more about drug action in space, the satellite's primary goal.

The experiment lasts 96 hours.
Downlink at 437.465 MHz 1200 bps

End of life

Decay 14 Aug 2012

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Technical data


Prime contractor NASA
Mass at launch 4.5 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 6 months

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