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Designation 26620 / 00075B
Launch date 21 Nov 2000
Country of origin Argentina (with cooperation of BR, DK, FR, IT & US)
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 672/706 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.2°
Period 98.7 min
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #282

It will provide multispectral imaging of terrestrial and coastal environments. The spacecraft will provide studies of the structure and dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere and ionosphere. The Earth's geomagnetic field will also be studied. SAC-C will verify autonomous methods of attitude and orbit determination.

The satellite is said to be worth $45 million

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Prime contractor INVAP (Bariloche, AR)
Mass at launch 475 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 4 years

SAC-C has an instrument payload of 11 different instruments. Eight of those instruments are dedicated to better understanding the Earth's environment and ecology, including one instrument designed to receive signals from tracking instruments being attached to whales. SAC-C will in addition carry three GPS instruments to test new technology in spacecraft development and environmental monitoring. Will also have a digital transponder for amateur radio.

It operates in 4 wavelength bands covering 0.4-1.75 microns, with a spatial resolution of 1 km.

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