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Pollux (D 5A)

Pollux (D-5A) [CNES]

The French Pollux (D5-A) satellite was launched as a piggyback of the Castor (D 5B). The external structure of the D5-A was an octahedron made up of two truncated tetrahedrons, eight facets of which were covered with solar cells. The D5-A carried a hydrazine propulsion system that was tested in space.

Nation: France
Type / Application: Science
Operator: CNES
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: hydrazine propulsion system
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 38 kg
Orbit: 299 km × 1258 km, 30°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Pollux (D 5A) 1973-F02 21.05.1973 Ko ELD F Diamant-B with Castor (D 5B)
Pollux (D 5A) 1975-039A 17.05.1975 Ko ELD Diamant-BP4 with Castor (D 5B)