Satellite FORTÉ (Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events) of Los Alamos National Labs/DOE

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names FORTÉ (Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events)
Country of Operator/Owner USA
Operator/Owner Los Alamos National Labs/DOE
Users Government
Purpose Earth Observation
Class of Orbit LEO
Type of Orbit Intermediate
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 790
Apogee (km) 823
Eccentricity 0.00229917090503727
Inclination (degrees) 70
Period (minutes) 101
Launch Mass (kg.) 215
Dry Mass (kg.) 41
Power (watts) 55
Date of Launch 29-08-1997
Expected Lifetime 3 yrs.
Contractor Los Alamos National Lab/Sandia National Lab
Country of Contractor USA
Launch Site Vandenberg AFB
Launch Vehicle Pegasus XL
COSPAR Number 1997-047A
NORAD Number 24920
Comments Electronic equipment for detecting, analyzing and recording bursts of radio energy (nuclear tests) from near Earth´s surface (nonproliferation); study lightning; plastic satellite bus.


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