Satellite Picard of Centre National d´Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Picard
Country of Operator/Owner France
Operator/Owner Centre National d´Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Users Government
Purpose Solar Physics
Class of Orbit LEO
Type of Orbit Sun-Synchronous
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 725
Apogee (km) 729
Eccentricity 0.000281809215161336
Inclination (degrees) 98.3
Period (minutes) 99.3
Launch Mass (kg.) 150
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 15-06-2010
Expected Lifetime 2 yrs.
Contractor EADS Astrium
Country of Contractor France/UK/Germany/Spain
Launch Site Dombarovskiy Launch Facility
Launch Vehicle Dnepr
COSPAR Number 2010-028A
NORAD Number 36598
Comments Simultaneous measurement of the absolute total and spectral solar irradiance, diameter and solar shape, studying the sun´s interior through helioseismology.


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