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Seds 1

Small Expendable Deployer System


Designation 22582 / 93017B
Launch date 30 Mar 1993 at 03:29 UT
Country of origin United States
Mission Tether experiment
Operator NASA
Perigee/Apogee 184/746 km
Inclination 34°
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #219
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC17A
Mass at launch 23 kg

The system consisted of a small 10 kg deployer cylinder 33 cm long and a tiny 23 kg satellite (`end mass') of similar size. The satellite was connected to the cylinder by a rope made of Spectra-1000 which was 0.75 mm in diameter and 20 km long. The cylinder remained attached to the Delta second stage rocket in orbit.

Seds was developed and built by NASA-Marshall, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and Tether Applications of San Diego, CA. The end mass was built by NASA-Langley.

End of life

Decay 30 Mar 1993

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