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Starshine 3

Also called SO-43


Designation 26929 / 01043A
Launch date 30 Sep 2001
Country of origin United States
Mission Scientific: geodesy
Perigee/Apogee 472 km
Inclination 67°
Period 94 min
Launch vehicle Athena #7

Should be identical to Starshine 1

End of life

Decay 13 Jan 2003

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Technical data


Prime contractor NRL
Mass at launch 91 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension 0.9 m diameter sphere
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Features 1500 mirrors (polished by students), 31 retro-reflectors and a series of solar cells with experimental batteries (NASA built) and an accelerometer. Will test the integrated micro power supply (IMPS) which combines energy generation and storage - a lithium ion battery and a specially designed solar cell - in one microelectronic device.

It will downlink measurements in amateur radio band (with AX.25 9600-baud telemetry), 145.8250 MHz

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