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Designation 22824 / 93061B
Launch date 26 Sep 1993
Country of origin France
Mission Scientific: geodesy
Perigee/Apogee 793/803 km
Inclination 98.7°
Period 100.8 min
Launch vehicle Ariane V59

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Technical data


Prime contractor CNES
Mass at launch 48 kg
Mass in orbit  
Diameter 24 cm (sphere)
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Its a sphere of 24 cm diameter with 20 sides and 60 laser reflectors. As Starlette or Lageos 2 Stella is designed to be tracked by laser (1 cm accuracy) by ground stations all around the world (in France: le Cergue in Grasse). It is made of impoverish uranium for the maximum stability. Will enable to make a map of the globe.

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