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Starshine 2


Designation 26996 / 01054B
Launch date 16 Dec 2001
Country of origin United States
Mission Scientific: geodesy
Perigee/Apogee 361/389 km
Inclination 51.6°
Period 92.1 min
Launch vehicle STS 108

Approx 40 kg. 845 mirrors. The spacecraft contains a special cold gas spin system that will rotate the satellite five degrees per second to enhance the rate at which sunlight will flash from its mirrors. In addition, the satellite carries twenty laser retro-reflectors, distributed evenly across its surface, to permit tracking by the International Satellite Laser Ranging Network.

End of life

Out of service 26 Apr 2002
Cause reentered atmosphere
Decay 26 Apr 2002

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