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astronautix.com QuikScat


Class: Earth. Type: Seasat. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Ball.

Built under a NASA rapid delivery contract. Carried the SeaWinds scatterometer for remote sensing of ocean winds.


Specification


QuikScat Chronology


20 June 1999 QuikScat Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Titan 2. Perigee: 804 km. Apogee: 806 km. Inclination: 98.6 deg.

NASA's QuikScat carried the SeaWinds scatterometer for remote sensing of ocean winds. The Titan 2ís second stage shut down at 02:20 GMT and then coasted to apogee still attached to the QuikScat. The Titan second stage vernier thrusters ignited at apogee to raise perigee, leaving QuikScat in a 280 km x 813 km x 98.7 degree parking orbit. The QuikScat's own hydrazine propulsion system then fired to raise the perigee over a period of weeks.



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