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Designation 24645 / 96061A
Launch date 4 Nov 1996
Country of origin Argentina
Mission Scientific
Perigee/Apogee 550 km, circular
Inclination 38°
Period 95.6 min
Launch vehicle Pegasus XL #14

Cooperative project between NASA and Argentinas National Commission of Space Activities (CONAE). The satellite is designed to advance the study of solar physics and astrophysics through the examination of solar flares, gamma ray bursts, diffuse X-ray cosmic background, and energetic neutral atoms.

End of life

Out of service 4 Nov 1996
Cause Failed to separate with the rocket
Decay April 2002

External resources


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Technical data


Prime contractor INVAP (Bariloche, AR)
Mass at launch 181 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 3 years

Telemetry & data: 2255.5 MHz (realtime: 0.032 kbps, playback: 50, 100 or 200 kbps)
Command: 2076.9 MHz (0.992 kbps)

Primary ground operations should have been performed by the Argentine Mission Operations Control Center (MOCC) located in San Miguel (just outside of Buenos Aires) which incorporates a 3.6-meter antenna system used for tracking, telemetry, telecommand and data acquisition and which is collocated and integrated with the MOCC systems.

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