Satellite PCSat (Prototype Communications SATellite, Navy-Oscar 44, NO-44) of US Naval Academy

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names PCSat (Prototype Communications SATellite, Navy-Oscar 44, NO-44)
Country of Operator/Owner USA
Operator/Owner US Naval Academy
Users Government
Purpose Technology Development/Communications
Class of Orbit LEO
Type of Orbit Intermediate
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 789
Apogee (km) 796
Eccentricity 0.000488656195462478
Inclination (degrees) 67
Period (minutes) 100.7
Launch Mass (kg.) 10
Dry Mass (kg.) 10
Power (watts) 6
Date of Launch 30-09-2001
Expected Lifetime 5 yrs.
Contractor US Naval Academy
Country of Contractor USA
Launch Site Kodiak Launch Complex
Launch Vehicle Athena 1
COSPAR Number 2001-043C
NORAD Number 26931
Comments Built by midshipmen to learn technology and operation; will be part of Amateur Radio Reporting System (APRS); only operates fully for a few weeks a year (when in full sun).


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