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Spot 3


Designation 22823 / 93061A
Launch date 26 Sep 1993
Country of origin France
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 821/823 km
Inclination 98.7°
Period 101.3 min
Launch vehicle Ariane V59

Cost: $250 million ($125 million for launch)

On 14 November 1996 the satellite stopped operating. Decision was taken to launch Spot 4 as soon as possible and to reactivate Spot 1.

End of life

Out of service 14 Nov 1996
Cause failure: attitude control was lost, after several gyroscope problems

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Technical data


CCD with 6000 points
Transmits at 2238.5 MHz

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