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SAC C

SAC C [CoNAE]

SAC-C (Satellite de Aplicaciones Cientifico-B) is an International (Argentina plus USA, France, Italy, Denmark, and Brazil) satellite that was launched by a Delta-7320-10C rocket at 13:24 UT from Vandenberg AFB.

Its mission is to remotely-sense vegetation, wetlands, and ecosystem in four wavelength bands covering 0.4-1.75 microns, with a spatial resolution of 1 km. The orbital planes of SAC-C, EO 1, Landsat 7, and Terra are closely coplanar, with a given site being successively visited by each spacecraft within an hour of each other.

Also on-board is the GOLPE (GPS OccuLtation and Passive reflection Experiment) with a GPS receiver receiving signals from the GPS fleet (a) directly, (b) after reflection from Earth's surface, and (c) after the signals traversed the dense atmosphere and ionosphere tangentially. These tangentially penetrating signals carry phase change information which may be utilized in deriving the atmospheric density/temperature structures, and the ionospheric electron density profiles. It carries a Helium Magnetometer also.

Nation: Argentina
Type / Application: Scientific
Operator: CONAE
Contractors: INVAP
Equipment: Remote sensing equipment, GOLPE, Oerstedt-2 Helium Magnetometer
Configuration: ?
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: 682 km × 701 km, 98.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SAC C 2000-075B 21.11.2000 Va SLC-2W Delta-7320-10C with EO 1, Munin

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