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Ratsat

Ratsat [SpaceX]

Ratsat is a vehicle evaluation payload for the fourth flight of the Falcon-1 rocket designed and built by SpaceX specifically for this mission.

Ratsat is a 165 kg boilerplate in shape of a 1.5 m hexagonal prism launched. It was fabricated in house by It remained intentionally attached to the Falcon-1 second stage.

Ratsat was successfully launched on the fourth Falcon-1 flight, after the three first attempts failed. The rocket reached a 621 km × 643 km orbit with an inclination of 9.35. The payload will remain in orbit for between five and ten years.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: SpaceX
Contractors: SpaceX
Equipment: ?
Configuration: ballast bolted to upper stage
Propulsion: None
Power:
Lifetime:
Mass: 165 kg (payload only)
Orbit: 621 km × 643 km, 9.35
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ratsat 2008-048A 29.09.2008 Om Falcon-1

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