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FAME (S00-5)

FAME (MIDEX 4) [NASA]

FAME (Full-sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer) was a space astrometry mission that was to measure the positions, proper motions, parallaxes, and photometry of 40,000,000 stars brighter than V=15th magnitude to between 50 and 500 microarcseconds accuracy, depending on the magnitude.

It was selected as a MIDEX Explorer mission by NASA, but NASA cancelled its support for this mission due to doubts, if the goals could be reached. After NASA's withdrawal, the U.S. Naval Observatory and USAF Space Text program (STP) continued the development, but cancelled the project later.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Astrometry
Operator: U.S. Naval Observatory, USAF STP (Space Test Program)
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion: Star-30BP
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 1123 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
FAME (S00-5, MIDEX 4) - cancelled CC SLC-17 Delta-7425-10C

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