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Surfsat 1

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship SATellite


Designation 23711 / 95060B
Launch date 4 Nov 1995
Country of origin Canada
Mission Scientific
Perigee/Apogee 934/1494 km
Inclination 100.6°
Period 109 min
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #229
Mass at launch 55 kg

Surfsat is bolted to Delta's second stage. It has its own solar cells and is not electricaly dependent of Delta.

Surfsat will be used as a test vehicle for NASA, supporting deep space communications research and training of tracking station personnel at NASA's Deep Space Network. The Deep Space Network transponders will operate in Ka-band at 32 GHz (atmospheric studies). The VLBI transponders (X- and Ku-band) will enable testing of ground equipment for VSOP (Japan) and Radioastron (Russian project).

Designed by Caltech undergraduates with the help of JPL.

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