Topex-Poseidon, Kitsat 1 & S80/T

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Low Earth Orbit Ariane Launch Area 2 Kourou, French Guiana

The TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite was launched on 10 August 1992 with the objective of "observing and understanding the ocean circulation". A joint project between NASA, the U.S. space agency, and CNES, the French space agency, it carries two radar altimeters and precise orbit determination systems, including the DORIS system. KITSAT-1 (Korean Institute of Technology Satellite) was a collaborative research mission, encompassing the installation of a groundstation in South Korea, participation of Korean engineers in the UoSAT-5 mission, technology transfer and training of students on the MSc courses at Surrey, and the involvement in a engineering and flight microsatellites. The S80/T satellite was built for CNES by Matra Marconi Space using the Surrey Satellite Technology Microbus (Uosat) bus.

Ariane 42P

Family: Ariane
Configuration: 42P

The Ariane 4 was an expendable space launch system, developed by the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, for the European Space Agency (ESA). It was manufactured by ArianeGroup and marketed by Arianespace. Since its first flight on 15 June 1988 until the final flight on 15 February 2003, it attained 113 successful launches out of 116 total launches.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    55.9 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Launch Mass
    323 T
  • Thrust
    3944 kN
Family
  • Name
    Ariane 42P
  • Family
    Ariane
  • Variant
    42P
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Ariane 42P
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    6000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    2990 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Aérospatiale

Aérospatiale

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Founded: 1970 Successes: 137 Failures: 7 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

Aérospatiale was a French state-owned aerospace manufacturer that built both civilian and military aircraft, rockets and satellites. It was originally known as Société nationale industrielle aérospatiale (SNIAS). Its head office was in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The name was changed to Aérospatiale during 1970.

WIKI

Kourou, French Guiana

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