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DemoSat

A DemoSat (Demonstration Satellite) is a nonfunctional satellite used to test a carrier rocket, typically on its maiden flight. The idea is to provide a payload similar in mass and other characteristics to a functioning satelllite without risking the loss of a real spacecraft. As well as testing new rockets, DemoSats may be used to check out launch systems upon return-to-flight after launch failures.