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SATEC

SATEC [INPE]

The SATEC (Satélite Tecnológico) was planned to test the technological equipment embarked in the VLS-1 launch vehicle. It was to have a useful life of six months. SATEC's mass was 65 kg, a box with a width and depth of 66 cm and a height of 61 cm.

SATEC was to orbit in a 750 km orbit with 15° to test four technological systems on board:

  • a battery,
  • a PCU,
  • a GPS receiver (global positioning system) for determination of its localization,
  • and the transmitter of high frequency (bands).

The structure, the battery, the PCU and S-Band transmitter had been developed internally in the INPE; the solar panels and the GPS have been developed in partnership with national companies.

SATEC was destroyed in pre-launch explosion of the VLS-1 booster a few days before the planned launch.

Nation: Brazil
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: INPE
Contractors: INPE
Equipment: ?
Configuration: Cube
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 6 months
Mass: 65 kg
Orbit: 750 km × 750 km, 15°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SATEC 2003-E01 22.08.2003 Al VLS F% VLS-1 with UNOSAT 1