Space Technology 5
The mission was launched on Mar. 22, 2006 by a Pegasus XL rocket from Vandenberg AFB into a near-Earth, Sun-synchronous polar orbit: perigee 300 km (186 miles), apogee 4,500 km (2,796 miles), inclination 105.6°, period 136 minutes. During flight validation of its technologies, ST5 may measure the effect of solar activity on the Earth's magnetosphere. Nominal mission duration is 90 days.
Each ST5 micro-sat weighs approximately 25 kg (55 lb) when fully fueled and resembles a large birthday cake 53 cm (20.7 in.) across and 48 cm (18.7 in.) high.
Major technologies include:
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