Amsat P3D (AO 40, Oscar 40) [Amsat]
Amsat P3D (also known as Phase 3-D, and as Amsat Oscar 40) is an international amateur radio spacecraft (of the German organization, AMateur radio SATellites) that was launched by an Ariane-5G rocket from Kourou at 01:07 UT. The 400 kg, 250 W spacecraft is the largest amateur-support spacecraft, carrying 5 receivers (in the HF, VHF/UHF, L, S, and C bands) and seven transmitters (in the HF, K, VHF/UHF, S, and × bands). Also carried on-board are some experimental instruments such as two cosmic ray monitors named TDE, and CPE, two wide-angle cameras in the SCOPE unit available for the amateurs to command their images from locations of interest, a passive ionospheric "sounder" to scan the 0.5 to 30.0 MHz band so as to derive the electron densities in the upper part of the ionosphere, and a GPS-receiver to locate the spacecraft position.
|Type / Application:||Amateur communication|
|Equipment:||5 receivers, 7 transmitters, TDE, CPE, 2 cameras|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, body mounted solar cells, batteries|
|Mass:||646 kg, 397 kg BOL|
|Orbit:||558 km × 59258 km, 6.42°|
|Amsat P3D (Phase 3D, AO-40, Oscar 40)||16.11.2000||Ko ELA-3||Ariane-5G||with PAS 1R, STRV 1c, STRV 1d|